Hierarchy of Dares

PlaygroundFor today’s prompt, write a dare poem. This poem could be written as a dare to someone. It could make a daring proclamation. It could involve a dare that someone has accepted…or refused. In a way, each day of this challenge is a dare to write a poem. Are you ready for the challenge?

Hierarchy of Dares

In elementary school
I felt like an anthropologist
trying to deduce
how my fellow students

The teachers loved me.
The girls laughed at me.
I codified the Code of the Schoolyard.

From my third grade notes,
I present the Hierarchy of Dares:

1. I dare you.
2. I double dare you.
3. I double-dog dare you.
4. I double-dirty-dog dare you.
5. I double-decker-dirty-dog dare you.
6. I double-decker-drunk-dirty-dog dare you.
7. I double-decker-drunk-dirty-dog-dromedary you.

But the most dreaded dare,
to any poet,
of any age,
is raised as a request:
would you write a poem about me?

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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