Like my muse.

Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem about a very large thing.

Like my muse.

Standing on the sidewalk at the foot of the Sears Tower
in downtown Chicago, I was a little boy marveling
at looking up nearly fifteen hundred feet of glass.
It was the biggest thing I’d ever seen.

Only ten years later, fresh out of college, I’d be working
in the Loop and eating lunch in the tower regularly,
avoiding the tourists and keeping my head down.

While an impressive piece of human engineering
it’s nowhere near the biggest thing I’ve seen.
Think of the Moon which pales before the Sun.

But I can see bigger even with my naked caveman eyes—
when autumn first bites, a whole galaxy called Andromeda
hides in plain sight. But I have to look slightly away
it’s so far and so dim, but she’s there, pulling me in


 

As a Monday bonus poem, check my latest contribution to Whispers & Echoes. Thanks, Sammi!

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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14 Responses to Like my muse.

  1. In complete submission I might add!! Lol.

    Really enjoying these flashes into the young male psyche, Bart. Also nice use of the prompt. It’s about the biggest thing there is isn’t it?

    On Mon, Apr 11, 2022 at 4:54 PM Bartholomew Barker, Poet wrote:

    > Bartholomew Barker posted: ” Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a > poem about a very large thing. Like my muse. Standing on the sidewalk at > the foot of the Sears Towerin downtown Chicago, I was a little boy > marvelingat looking up nearly fifteen hundred feet of glass.” >

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  2. This is a tall task, but l will give it a try! ☺️

    Liked by 2 people

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  4. Cassa Bassa says:

    A child’s wonder.

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  5. Here is my attempt at the challenge:
    BIGGER THAN YOU!
    Your thoughts are welcomed here, vast and wide. Your mind is free to be who you are and who you want to be. You are safe here and your thoughts are too.
    By Pamelap
    Thank you for the challenge!

    Liked by 1 person

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