Year of the Tiger

Year of the Tiger

That Cheshire cat grin
of the slim crescent
setting in the twilight
is the smirk of a tiger

Will we catch it by the tail
or will the fire in its eyes
ignite the tinder as we saunter
into the flames

If we’re going to burn this year
let’s burn brightly

Happy Lunar New Year! This poem written to the prompts Tiger and Saunter and, of course, shamelessly stolen lines from Blake.


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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16 Responses to Year of the Tiger

  1. JeanMarie says:

    Burn baby burn. Love the poem

    Liked by 1 person

  2. trE says:

    Reblogged this on A Cornered Gurl and commented:
    “If we’re going to burn this year
    let’s burn brightly”

    Very well said, by Bartholomew Barker. This is a delightful poem. Please swing by Bart’s little neck of the blogosphere and check it out.

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Cassa Bassa says:

    Nice take on the prompts =)

    Liked by 1 person

  4. I really enjoyed this!!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. luvgoodcarp says:

    Nicely done. Those are wonderful closing lines.

    Liked by 1 person

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