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Imaginary friend!, by Britta Benson

Picture credit: Britta Benson

This poem is my response to The Procrastinators ‘Sunday Writing Prompts’ by Gail Henderson.

I’m not an expert on imaginary friends. I reckon my poem will explain why.

Imaginary friend!

I’ve always wanted one.

Turns out, it’s not that simple

and friendship not a unilateral decision.

Perhaps mine just doesn’t care for my company.

To be fair,

what have I got to offer?


Can’t fly,

thus would struggle tremendously

with intergalactic travel.

Live in a linear life, of sorts,

which comes with rather mundane problems.

Need sleep.

Prefer sociable business hours.

I guess, imaginary creatures

have much better offers

than that of my slightly squint soul

on the days when I’m lonely,

lost, waiting to be found

by sleeping dragons or others.

Just so you know,

if you decide to pop round,

between 7am and 10pm,

make yourself comfortable,

pet, stick the kettle on,

and I’ll be with you shortly.


4 thoughts on “Imaginary friend!, by Britta Benson

    1. Thanks, Terveen. I keep you posted, in case one turns up. I’ve not been so lucky yet. Or perhaps the thought of an imaginary friends is much better than the real thing? Knowing my luck I get a trickster, an imp…


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