Collaborating

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Collaborating

In the lovely light
of a candle twice burning,

we read each other poetry
and write new verses
with our fingers and lips
upon bare vellum.

Your red hair mirrors the dawn,
as you pin it up before leaving.
After a night of inspiration,
will you forget me presently?
Will I retreat into solitude?

You broke my heart, my dear,
when yours began beating,
too soon by a hundred years.

for Vincent

About Bartholomew Barker

Bartholomew Barker was born and raised in Ohio, studied in Chicago, worked in Connecticut for nearly twenty years before moving to Hillsborough, North Carolina where he makes money as a computer programmer to fund his poetry habit.
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8 Responses to Collaborating

  1. Lisa Tomey says:

    This is exquisite!

  2. JeanMarie says:

    excellent ❤

    • Thanks for the review in our workshop last week.

      • JeanMarie says:

        You’re welcome. That river flows both ways!
        I’m so glad you included links here. I’m not that familiar with this poet, and really like the poem you used as inspiration. I must read more of her work.

      • She’s definitely worth reading. I figured that the blog was also the best way to read the poem so I could link out and thus everyone would get my obscure references.

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