For today’s prompt from Robert Lee Brewer’s Write Better Poetry blog, write a poem with an animal in the title. Titles like “Counting Sheep,” “Beside the White Chickens,” and “Horse” would all qualify. Of course, you can stretch this prompt however you wish. So don’t duck this opportunity to horse around with your animal spirit.

Photographer and model, Renee Staticage


You told me dolphins were angels
with halos around their dorsal fins
like tossed rings at a boardwalk game.

You love the salt air and sand,
waves to the horizon and the feel
of the ocean touching the moon.

You play in the surf, confident
as a fish, while I load quarters
into a mechanical Skeeball.

I barely float, much less swim
but I’d be happy to die out there,
lose these arms and fuse my legs—

If we could cavort in an endless sea,
hot-blooded, sleek and naked.

Busy next Monday the 26th? I’ll be one of nine featured readers at the Town of Carrboro’s Poetry on Your Plate which is usually held in person but this year, thanks to the pandemic, will be on Zoom, so everybody’s welcome! It kicks off at 6pm EDT (2200 UT). Don’t know what I’ll read yet, so if you have any requests, put them in the comments below.

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 Dolphins

  1. Lisa Tomey says:

    “the feel
    of the ocean touching the moon.”
    LOVE this!

    Liked by 1 person

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