Happy Birthday, Elizabeth Barrett Browning!

Today is the 215th anniversary of Elizabeth Barrett Browning‘s birth. Earlier this week I spent some time online with the good folks of Charles House talking about Mrs. Barrett Browning’s poetry. As is our tradition, we wrote a little poem together inspired by her and by the budding spring outside our windows. It was a sonnet, of course.

Spring Sonnet

Piercing through soil
and last autumn’s leaves
pale green swords
greet the spring

Wrens sing to unborn flowers
crocus and daffodil
listen on the warm breeze
melting the last of the frost

Yellow flags unfurl
covered in dew
this bright morning
dawn a new year

Hemispheres aligned with the sun
spring for us has finally sprung

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 Happy Birthday, Elizabeth Barrett Browning!

  1. JeanMarie says:


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  2. Lisa Tomey says:

    This is a lovely poem and I love that you share your love of poetry with these folks.

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  3. Lisa Tomey says:

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    This made me smile and feel hopeful for spring.

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