Notes from Underground

For today’s prompt, write a response poem. Respond to whatever helps you get your poem written, but my thought is that you should respond to one of your poems from earlier in this challenge.


Notes from Underground
(in response to Cavern of Green)

Tree houses are quite poetic
and just as practical.

Imagine swaying in the wind
like living on a boat at sea,
books falling from shelves,
wine spilling at every gust,
insurance policies and pizza
delivery unattainable.

Instead let me dig
into the side of a hill,
windows facing south
to catch the sun’s rays
while we rest in the strong
gentle grasp of the earth.

Hurricanes and tornadoes
can rumble over head without concern.
Earthquakes won’t be a worry
here in Carolina until the politicians
give the fracking rights
to their best campaign contributors.


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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5 Responses to Notes from Underground

  1. JeanMarie says:

    The hills have eyes! Great poem Bart. I would live in one of those houses.


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