Innocence Song

I made my regular visit to Charles House this afternoon and read a bunch of Spring poems with the folks there. We enjoyed E. E. Cummings’ Chansons Innocentes: I very much and wrote this poem together while still under its influence. I tidied it up a bit before posting.

For today’s prompt, write an animal poem. The poem could be about an animal. Or it could just mention an animal in passing. Or include an animal in your title and fail to mention the animal once in your poem. Your poem, your rules.


Innocence Song

when the world
is puddle-luscious
born-again tadpoles
with just sprouted
pale legs from chubby
winter bulbous
wake up wake up

it’s time to clean house
shake off the drowsy
open eyes and windows
let in robins red
to build nests
with the sheddings
of our heavy coats

wake up wake up
pipe the hairy legged
horned sons of Spring

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 Innocence Song

  1. Lisa Tomey says:

    Oh, how lovely! I have never heard of Charles House, but it looks interesting.

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  2. JeanMarie says:

    puddle-luscious… Just marvelous!

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