Sonnet from a Charmed Life

Since I skipped Robert Lee Brewer for Yuri’s Night, I’ve combined yesterday’s prompt and today’s “Two-for-Tuesday” into a single poem.

“For today’s prompt, write a poem using at least three of the following six words: convict, great, play, race, season, and voice. Extra credit for using all six words. Extra extra credit for writing a sestina. It’s not a race, so I won’t convict anyone who can’t use all six words, but it is the definitely the season to play around and share your great voice. Now!”

“For this Two-for-Tuesday prompt:
Write a lucky poem and/or…
Write an unlucky poem.”

Sonnet from a Charmed Life

I’m a lucky guy
born with the right race
gender and sexual orientation
to privilege my way in America

I inherited my father’s voice
naturally selected to preach
from the pulpit every Sunday
or smooth an open mic

I’ve suffered no great tragedies
which may be hampering my poetry
but I’d rather be a happy nobody
than a tortured celebrity

I still play the lottery every week
even though I’ve already won


Want to hear me read poetry? I did three of my poems at a recent Heart Beats Anthology event which is now available online. I go on at 17:45 but you won’t want to miss other great poets.

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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8 Responses to Sonnet from a Charmed Life

  1. JeanMarie says:

    Yes. You have won! If you need some misery, I’m sure we could drum some up for you but then we wouldn’t get nice poems like this one. :)

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  2. Lisa Tomey says:

    Well done portrayal and for those who hear your voice on the open mic, it is accurate.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Annabel says:

    Wow, this poem has a bit of surprising ending and intriguing twist— a pleasurable read indeed!

    Liked by 1 person

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