For today’s prompt from Robert Lee Brewer’s Write Better Poetry blog, write a city poem. You can make the title of your poem the name of a city and write your poem. Or you can mention a city in your poem. And, of course, you can just set your poem in a city without naming which one it is. It’s also okay, if you’re more rurally inclined, to just write a poem about them city slickers. As always, have fun with it.


Beaches are boring and burning
sweaty gritty salty dumps
Mountains are treacherous
exhausting frozen death traps
For my next vacation send
me to a city with a subway

I will ride beneath the streets
with the regular rhythm of rails
the muffled voice of the driver
over cheap train speakers
even the screech of steel wheels
around sharp turns is music

A Metro or the U-Bahn
an El or the Underground
give me an Art Deco map
of brightly colored lines
stations marked like pearls
on the city’s necklace

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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2 Responses to Vacation

  1. JeanMarie says:

    Great lyrical descriptions. And i agree. Give me a/c, indoor plumbing and great waiters.

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