Men at Work


Men at Work

Watching men work
their way down the bar,
talking to women,

The ladies play
with these Lotharios
like cats with mice.
I envy the prey.

I am alien here.
A poet lost
in a strange land,
observing the natives.

My best pickup line
might be: Does a rose
by any other name
smell as sweet?

To find intelligent intercourse,
to probe without protection,
Do you come here often,
is safer than sex.

I don’t belong here,
a little green poet
among men.


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 Men at Work

  1. Nina Bell says:

    “Like cats with mice. I envy the prey” my favorite line because it cuts so deep!

    Liked by 1 person

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