“For now we see through a glass, darkly…”

“For now we see through a glass, darkly…”

Paul wrote that to the Corinthians in Koine Greek,
a language I don’t know, so I can’t comment
on whether it should be translated as “mirror” or “glass”.

But as a poet, I object to adverbs.
English is such a greedy language,
there’s always a more precise verb

ready for work like a day laborer.
Why wait anxiously for a job
when you can fret or fuss?

Why knock loudly
when I can pound
on your door?

Why pester mercilessly
when you can badger
someone until they break?

I don’t agree with most of Paul
but that chapter has some good poetry—
worthy of weddings.

He just needed to bring it to a workshop
so we could get rid of that adverb,

(For a mirror prompt and a glass, pound, badger prompt.)

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 “For now we see through a glass, darkly…”

  1. JeanMarie says:

    Now I gotta do some reading. Plus a laugh. Good work!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Cassa Bassa says:

    haha, I hope Paul takes your advice and join the workshop =)

    Liked by 1 person

  3. ts19page says:

    Certainly, surely, evenly distributed modifier-ly adjusted verbs are baroquely attired, like periwigs, lace collars, velvet knee breeches and gilt curlicues, all those curvy cherubim!

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  5. Thanks for your time🙏

    Liked by 1 person

  6. I admire how you developed this prompt and made me think of my own frivolous use of adverbs

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