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2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 24

For today’s prompt, write an imitation poem. Some folks say imitation is the best form of flattery. So with it being Thanksgiving in these parts, I thought it appropriate to pick a poem you enjoy and write an imitation of it. You can include poet and poem of the original if you'd like; or see if others can guess.

If you don't have time to write an imitation poem, then try writing a poem about the act of imitation--whether people, animals, or even robots.

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Here’s my attempt at an Imitation poem:

“Cat People”

I know lots of people
who are cat people,

people who like cats,
and I know people cats,

cats who like people,
but I also know people

who are not fond of cats
and anti-people cats.

I wish all people
liked other people

and that all the cats
liked all the other cats,

but you can’t make people
like other people

or force all the cats
to like all the other cats.

After all, not all people
are born to be cat people,

just as not all cats
are natural people cats.

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Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of the poetry collection, Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53). He edits Poet’s Market and Writer’s Market, in addition to writing a free weekly WritersMarket.com newsletter and a poetry column for Writer’s Digest magazine.

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He took the easy route and imitated his own poem from a few days back (read the original here). He has had a few cats over the years.

Follow him on Twitter @robertleebrewer.

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