Luna’s Lament

Luna’s Lament

Isn’t that just like a man?
Visit six times in three years
then ghost for more than fifty.

Worse still, peeping at me
through telescopes at night,
buzzing me with drones.

I am so done with Apollo’s male gaze.
My tears have frozen solid.
Let Artemis come into my orbit.

I crave the confident touch of a woman
caressing my porcelain skin.


Friday evening, three poets from Living Poetry, Anna Weaver, Pamela Taylor and myself, were invited to participate in the NC Museum of Natural Sciences Astronomy Days lecture “Return to the Moon” given by Matt Funke, a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador. After his talk and audience questions, we read the poems we had just written during the show. Click the link to watch the event. The poetry starts at the 59 minute mark but watch the whole thing so you can catch the references.

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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8 Responses to Luna’s Lament

  1. JeanMarie says:

    As usual, it takes me a few days after reading the poem to watch the presentation. It was really great, even for someone who is not a space junkie. I tried to come up with a poem while listening but couldn’t. You, and Anna and Pamela are poetry masters. Such great work! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Beautifully crafted! Love the moon. Intrigued by it since childhood. 😊

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