That Grain of Sand Irritating

For today’s prompt from Robert Lee Brewer’s Write Better Poetry blog, write a remix poem. This has become one of my favorite prompts, because it asks us to look over what we’ve written this month and pick something (or many somethings) to poem out in a new way. Maybe your free verse becomes a sonnet or your sestina transforms into haiku. Or take a line or phrase from each of your poems this month and work it into a cohesive new creation.

That Grain of Sand Irritating

I leave this poem as apology
writing as if Shakespeare were holding
a Glock to my head

I inherited my father’s voice
and sing praises to the moon
like a dog chasing a car
heart thumping like a flat tire
I drink life straight from the bowl

But some vessels are best left unopened
frustration like a pressure cooker
simmering— about to erupt
I want to see climatologists
with steam shooting from their ears

Free to smoke the morning away in my idling pickup truck
we know that death comes silent and sudden
feeling floating falling folded in a book
I hope will survive the flood
covered with emptied bottles of water

You told me dolphins were angels
whose bones are these?
might as well leave them in my coffin

(All lines stolen from my previous poems-a-day this April with very minor edits.)

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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7 Responses to That Grain of Sand Irritating

  1. AppophiaM says:

    Remix poem, hmm, that’s an interesting prompt. Might give it a try.

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  2. Harley Reborn says:

    This one doesn’t make me think of Jack the Ripper.

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