Ocean Dream

Ocean Dream

I was in a canoe drifting on the ocean
under stars reflected off mirrored water
barely disturbed by the rhythmic ripples
keeping cadence with my thoughts

Then I was riding a mannequin— face down
in the brine— fish pale under the moonlight
nearly losing my balance I lay down
matching its pose— arms out legs stiff

Body still and quiet except for the brush
of salty water against raw wrinkled skin
unblinking eyes watch the shadows of clouds
slide along the sand below the waves


(for Sammi Cox’s Mannequin prompt and the Living Poetry Musical prompt. Have a listen while reading the poem.)

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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3 Responses to Ocean Dream

  1. Cassa Bassa says:

    That’s some kind of chilling scene you crafted there. 🖤

    Liked by 1 person

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