I Think Too Much

For today’s prompt from Robert Lee Brewer’s Write Better Poetry blog, write a thought poem. Of course, my first thought (maybe like yours) is, “Aren’t all poems thought poems?” Well, I guess, but I’m thinking of a poem that captures a thought or random ramblings running ’round your cranium. It doesn’t have to be a rambling poem, but that’s one thing. Another possibility is having two people share their thoughts with each other and/or NOT share them. Think about it a moment and then unleash your thought poem.

I Think Too Much

It was a good thing at school
or the office where I’m paid
to sit still and think
for eight hours a day
but it’s a problem
the rest of the time

Does she want to be more than friends?
Why hasn’t she texted me back?
Am I being too clingy?

Like a vaudeville plate spinning act
my thoughts spiral to desperation
I should learn to trust my instincts

I’m a moth and she’s the flame
I just have to accept the singed wings

Just a reminder that I’m one of the featured readers at tomorrow’s Poetry on your Plate show. It starts at 6pm EDT (2200 GMT) on Zoom.

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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11 Responses to I Think Too Much

  1. ivor20 says:

    I found your poem very relatable, and your finale brought up a wry smile …
    “I’m a moth and she’s the flame
    I just have to accept the singed wings”

    Liked by 1 person

  2. JeanMarie says:

    Not me. I never obsess or worry about an unreturned text….

    HA HA HA!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Harley Reborn says:

    Love this. It really does feel like that.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Lisa Tomey says:

    Aah yes…a scorching…time for a fire hydrant or salve…

    Liked by 1 person

  5. I thought a Haiku, then I changed my my my mind, they’re too difficult 🤔

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