Gentle is not Weak

For today’s prompt, write a nature poem.


For today’s prompt let’s write a gentle poem.


Gentle is not Weak

How gentle the grass grows,
slow yet strong— muscling
through pavement cracks
to strain for the sun.

The loudest silence
is the tree root
splitting a stone
over centuries.

Gentle is not weak,
quiet is not defeated,
wind and water
wear away diamonds.

Devotion defies distraction.
Patience prevails.

(This poem took two prompts and challenge from JeanMarie Olivieri to get written. I guess it takes a village…)

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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10 Responses to Gentle is not Weak

  1. JeanMarie says:

    Well done. Love the grass muscling up. 🌻

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  2. Pingback: It takes a village – Words from JeanMarie

  3. Aa'eedah says:

    So beautiful! 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Dakshali Gupta says:

    Beautiful ! 🌸

    Liked by 1 person

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