Pens and Me

For today’s prompt from Robert Lee Brewer’s Write Better Poetry blog, take the phrase “(blank) Me,” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles include: “Tell Me,” “Forgive Me,” and/or “You’ve Got to Believe Me.” Of course, feel free to bend the rules and have a title like “Home Sweet Ho(me)” or “Pick a The(me).”

Pens and Me

I try not to bring home souvenirs from my travels.
I don’t need any more crap cluttering the apartment
but I rationalize these over-priced commemorative pens
as a reasonable expense for a poet.

I already have too many. My pen from Berlin
is fifteen years oldโ€” the football on top,
yellowing with age. It’s ink might turn to dust
before I use it to write a poem.

I haven’t actually used a pen in over a year
except to sign a couple of paper checks.
I’m sure these plastic trinkets will survive me.
Might as well leave them in my coffin,

so that if I’m ever excavated by alien
archaeologists, they’ll know where I’ve been.

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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20 Responses to Pens and Me

  1. JeanMarie says:

    Yeah, I write with a keyboard too. Where is Fun Plaza?

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  2. Love this writing, Bart! Also, I was looking for some good poetry prompts. Bingo! Thanks!
    Stacey (Mugglestone Mo)

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  3. Lisa Tomey says:

    As I look at my coffee cup pencil holder there are squeezes of pens and pencils. I still use them. Lists, notes, ideas… And I am a sucker for those cool pens like you find at book fairs and such. Nicely done poem.

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  4. Oh yes…your pen collection will totally date you on the alien’s historic timeline:)

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  5. Jaya Avendel says:

    Pens are offered in a wide variety of branding, from local towns to cities, much like coffee mugs and keychains.
    I connect with the temptation to pocket a pen with the intention of writing something lovely in an equally branded notebook, yet somehow it is plainer pens I buy in boxes that get the most use . . . eloquently expressed photographically too!

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