Sonnet for a Comet


Sonnet for a Comet

With wandering Zeus and Ares
guarding my back, I hunt—
binoculars scanning distant
trees for something even further.

Orion won’t help, he’s resting
after a busy winter— this prey
is elusive and won’t to return,
for a lifetime of lifetimes.

But the glow of the sun
just below the horizon
and the haze of humid summer
conspire to shield my quarry.

I won’t have many more chances
but I’ll try again tonight.


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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26 Responses to Sonnet for a Comet

  1. Lisa Tomey says:

    May your pursuit be successful. Nicely done.

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  2. Cassa Bassa says:

    Hope another night another clearer sky.

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  3. Kritika says:

    Same here. I have been trying to figure out this comet and am unable to. Rain clouds are up. Hopefully tonight.
    Lovely sonnet.

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  4. I love being about to recognise a couple of things in my Southern Sky when outside at night.

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    • I’ve only visited the southern hemisphere a few times but the sky is so beautiful. The Southern Cross is gorgeous and it’s so cool to see Alpha Centauri knowing it’s practically the closest star to our Sun.


      • Obviously, you are a keen follower of the night skies. I’m more an occasional glancer at the skies, but feel it would be good to know more.

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      • I’ve been a stargazer since I was a wee lad and even went to college intending to become an astronomer. While that didn’t happen, I still love the night sky.

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      • I live in a rural area, with practically no street lights around at night except for some solar lights that come on at some houses, and the leakage of light from the houses in the township I live it. It’s an excellent place for watching the night skies, when there’s not too much cloud about.
        I like to go out the front, every now and then to look at the stars, planets, and moon ‘doing their thing’. But I now realise it’s time for me to actually look into what the things I call ‘planets’ are. Venus and Mars, I’m assuming …

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      • That’s right. There are a few more you can see too. These days the planet Jupiter is bright in your northern sky. It rises at sunset and will be highest in the sky around midnight. You might notice another relatively bright star near Jupiter and that’s the planet Saturn. If you get really curious there are plenty of star chart websites out there where you can enter your location and time and it’ll show you what you’re looking at. I envy your skies.


  5. Shanyu says:

    A wonderful free verse sonnet! It’s the best of both worlds! The amazing scheme of a sonnet and the fluidity of the free verse. I hope you are successful in spotting it though!

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  6. Nawazish says:

    Very well expressed!!

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