Endymionis somnum dormire

Selene and Endymion by Sebastiano Ricci

Selene and Endymion by Sebastiano Ricci

It took an entire week to get to our first “Two for Tuesday” prompt this year, so I’m going to make it the one that I run every single year:

  • Write a love poem. Yeah, I said a love poem, or, if you don’t like that option…
  • Write an anti-love poem. I know there are some haters out there; go ahead and hate on love and/or love poems if that’s your thing.

So if this is your first rodeo, here’s how the “Two for Tuesday” prompt works. You can choose one of the two options; choose both options; and/or blend the two together in some way. Just be sure to write a poem.

Endymionis somnum dormire

The moon fell for me
and I accepted her endless sleep
without hesitation.

In my dream I called her Selene.
She inspired, I wrote.
She shined, I howled.
We loved.

But now it seems lunacy.
I grow weary of this sleep.
But if I wake up,
how can her mortal daughters
compete with such cold allure?

About Bartholomew Barker

Bartholomew Barker is one of the organizers of Living Poetry, a collection of poets and poetry lovers in the Triangle region of North Carolina. Born and raised in Ohio, studied in Chicago, he worked in Connecticut for nearly twenty years before moving to Hillsborough where he makes money as a computer programmer to fund his poetry habit.
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