The Rule of Three


The March edition of the Tongue & Groove featured an ekphrastic challenge where we were to write a new poem or song based on one of the pieces in the VAE gallery that serves as host to the open mic. I chose the picture above, Night Vision. Here’s a video of my performance, courtesy Anna Weaver. Enjoy!

The Rule of Three

All poets
know the Rule of Three
either explicitly,
or instinctively
where a trio of events,
or phrases
are just more memorable,
than two or four things.

So too the artist
knows the Rule of Thirds
be they painter,
or film-maker,
dividing their canvas
into three horizontal
and three vertical sections
to achieve a balance
a symmetry
a harmony
within the image.

It’s just the nature
of the human mind,
it always has been,
it is today
and ever shall be.
The genie will always grant
us three wishes.
Bars will be always be entered
by a priest, a minister and a rabbi
and the three little wolves
will always escape
the big bad pig.

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 The Rule of Three

  1. JeanMarie says:

    This poem is good, great, giggle-ishous! See what I did there?


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