Duty

girl-3395298_1280Yesterday I hosted a germination workshop for Living Poetry. We had six poets working with eight prompts over two hours. One of the prompts was to write about duty.

Duty

Even when the words won’t run
some days they barely crawl
the poet’s duty is to write

Drunk or sober
amused or apathetic
it’s our obligation
to drag a metaphor
out of the ordinary
to reveal meaning
found hidden under
the tiniest pebble
of inspiration

 

(I also used this for today’s Monday Poetry Prompt.)

 

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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11 Responses to Duty

  1. Lisa Tomey says:

    Well done and thanks again for a great workshop.

  2. JeanMarie says:

    I love this one! Yes, I work in obscurity, un-paid and un-sung, but damn it, someone has to write the verse!

  3. othermary says:

    And some days that is a very difficult duty. Well said, or rather typed.

  4. Cassa Bassa says:

    Nice work! 👍

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