Cancel My Appointments

For today’s prompt from Robert Lee Brewer’s Write Better Poetry blog, write an appointment poem. My first thoughts with appointments conjure up visions of doctors, dentists, and parent-teacher conferences. But there are also business meetings and romantic dates. For the most part, people are very appointment-centric, because it gives people a reason and opportunity to come together (kind of like my annual appointment to poem daily on this site).

Cancel My Appointments

The sun sets with a regularity I envy.
My almanac knows its schedule tomorrow
and next week and next month. No surprises,
which is very good because a tardy sun
would be a harbinger of many unpleasantries.

I eat lunch at noon, dinner at six.
I wake up at eight, sleep at midnight.
Work the day job then write the poetry—
and there is a vague satisfaction
living a day without surprise.

But I fantasize about a time without clocks,
living in a world of ambiguous twilight
where I eat when hungry and sleep when tired,
work when I feel like it and write when inspired.

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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6 Responses to Cancel My Appointments

  1. JeanMarie says:

    I used to live that unscheduled all the time. Now, not as much but still do to some extent. Let’s just say, the grass is always greener on the other side. But I like the poem!

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  2. Wouldn’t that be nice….

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  3. Lisa Tomey says:

    I find structured works better. But I do like to slouch on weekends. I may even wake as late as 6:30😂😂 Nice poem.

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