Pokeweed Poetry

Pokeweed PoetryMy class Saturday at the Rolesville Middle School Young Writers Conference went very well. I had fun writing with seven young ladies from the sixth, seventh and eighth grades. I was worried that poetry on demand would intimidate them and I was quite wrong. They accepted my challenge, wrote beautiful poetry and everyone shared with the group. Apparently the self-judgement and inhibitions that still vex me get installed in high school.

We each wrote four poems. Here’s the poem I wrote when prompted to write a cat or dog or pet poem.

There’s a cat I know,
she wakes up every morning early
complaining of hunger.
I wish I could teach
her to use the can opener
herself because each morning
comes earlier and earlier.
It won’t be long until
I’m feeding her before
I go to bed.

Tonight I have seven poems to write on demand for them as homework! I left middle school long, long ago and somehow I still have homework due.

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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2 Responses to Pokeweed Poetry

  1. JeanMarie says:

    Great story, great poem. It’s especially encouraging to hear that they have not yet internalized self-doubt. Here’s hoping they keep that confidence going.


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