Imagene is its name but it doesn't really need one.
It's there when I need it to be 
and I've never had to call for it before.

It doesn't call me Crissy
or Crystal
or Sissy
or Crissygirl....
it just sort of communicates in its own way;
the same way my stuffed animals communicate to each other
and to me
in their own way.

With Bic inked tongue 
Imagene keeps account.
Story ideas,
blog post thoughts,
poetry prompts,
journal entries,
and driving directions are first
spoken by me
then issue forth in the form of brilliance covered super paper
 from its slightly billed mouth.
Kinda like a duck bill
with adding machine tape running out,
but with brilliance added.

With a glitch-less satellite feed
Imagene leads the way to everywhere I need to go
except Allentown.  
I don't know why
 but it won't go.
So I run Mapquest in full view so it knows my frustration at
having to venture to Allentown alone.

Imagene smells like freshly brewed coffee
and autumn leaves
and sea breezes
and fried chicken
and Steve.
Not all at once, mind you,
but when it wants to
at random times,
and it's always nice to be reminded it's near.

Imagene is 'feather pillow' soft
and 'newly stuffed pillow' plump
for me to rest upon.
so am I 
so Imagene
rests  back on me.

It keeps the stuffed animals in line
and entertained
and can hear what my son is up to from a mile away,
but it's not a snitch
so it won't tell me.

The most educated vegetarian chef
Imagene could whip up three 
perfectly healthy,
energy abundant
 meals a day for me,
but I never let it.
It reminds me that chicken is a meat, too
and I've started to cut back a little.

It never worries;
it knows I can handle myself.
It never judges;
it knows the strength of my conscience.

I feel it hugging me when I cry,
and my cat sees it 
and chases it away
so she can come back to comfort me instead.
The cat is jealous and territorial.
Imagene doesn't take it personally.
Imagene is great like that.

Do you have an imaginary friend of your own?  Introduce them to the rest of us!!  Join in on 'The Imaginary Challenge' at www.inspiringchallenges.blogspot.com.  Post in the comments section a description of your imaginary friend.  Or, you could email me your description (crissygirl@care2.com)  and I'll post it for you.  Maybe they'll all get to know each other and hang out and stuff :)