NaPoWriMo 2023 Day 16


Today’s prompt is to write a poem that involves describing something in terms of what it is not, or not like.

You are not my friend
by ARHuelsenbeck

Would a friend see me walking to school in the rain and not stop to offer me a ride?
Would a friend borrow my favorite sweater and return it with a big stain on it?
Would a friend tell me I look great and then make fun of my outfit behind my back?
You are not my friend.

Would a friend borrow my book and return it with the corners chewed off by her dog?
Would a friend invite me to a slumber party and then tell me she’s sick and can’t have the party, but then have it anyway without me?
Would a friend borrow my homework and then turn it in with her own name on it?
You are not my friend.

Would a friend beg me to go to the movies with her and then ditch me when she sees a boy she likes?
Would a friend borrow $20 and never pay me back?
Would a friend ask Jake Winters to the Sadie Hawkins Day dance when she knows I was going to ask him?
You are not my friend.

Have you ever asked me how I am?
Have you ever been there for me?
You only talk to me when there’s something you need.
You are not my friend.

About Andrea R Huelsenbeck

Andrea R Huelsenbeck is a wife, a mother of five and a former elementary general music teacher. A freelance writer in the 1990s, her nonfiction articles and book reviews appeared in Raising Arizona Kids, Christian Library Journal, and other publications. She is currently working on a young adult mystical fantasy novel and a mystery.

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