Negation Poem

Prompt from NaPoWriMo: Write a poem of negation.
Also shared with Imaginary Garden.

It does not softly
Brush against your face as you sleep
Ringing at dawn, warning
"It's time to go to work!"

No, it doesn't flutter slowly in the breeze
Or supports your weight as you
Laze in August's radiant heat -
It doesn't cool you down.

Rolling around on two or three wheels
It does not do, no, it doesn't swim
Gracefully in ponds or lakes,
Doesn't soak up water like a towel.

It will not keep your milk
Cold and fresh, or store your
cereal in airtight packaging.
It does not function without electricity,
It has yet to use wind energy.


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  1. I wanted more! I am not familiar with the poem that sets this one in motion-so, like I said-I want more!

  2. I love how this feels like a riddle and especially the swimming in ponds or lakes...nicely captured!

  3. I toyed with the idea of adding the 'answer', but thought it would spoil the rhythm of the poem. ;)

  4. Nigel Stewart Taylor2 April 2015 at 23:04

    Ah now where to find an answer that answers your riddled prose?? My mind is still fluffy at time

  5. Rosemary Nissen-Wade3 April 2015 at 05:49

    A very interesting approach to negation, making us long to find out what 'it' is when affirmed, so the negatives strongly suggest a positive.


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