What’s In Your Go-Bag?

For today’s prompt (the second Two-for-Tuesday prompt of the month), write a counting poem and/or not counting poem.

What’s In Your Go-Bag?

When a tornado drops from the sky
or wildfires breach the fence
or Fascists march door-to-door
looking for Jews, queers and atheists,
it’s time to grab the bag
by the door and escape.

Mine contains a passport,
two pairs of socks,
three of underwear,
four blue ink pens,
five notebooks,
six scented candles,
seven reference books,
eight bottles of wine
and the largest
and most important—
the promise to remain
who I am.

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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17 Responses to What’s In Your Go-Bag?

  1. r.Douglas says:

    Bingo…and that’s what this exercise, in the cruelest of months, is all about. ALL CAPS KUDOS.

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  2. I like this, well done 👍 I was pulled in from the title and carried through from each line after!

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  3. Bill says:

    The tornado warning has passed. Maybe it sucked up the fascists. :-)

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  4. trE says:

    And there it is!

    “and the largest
    and most important—
    the promise to remain
    who I am.”

    Yes! I love this, Bart! Very nice.

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  5. I only had go bags when I was pregnant or had to go to the hospital for some other reason.

    I love that first stanza. You forgot Gypsies though or Romani/Roma. Maybe some others. Don’t need all, some works. Like the list. It’s very specific. Bordering on OCD. I enjoyed that.

    On Tue, Apr 12, 2022 at 5:09 PM Bartholomew Barker, Poet wrote:

    > Bartholomew Barker posted: ” For today’s prompt (the second > Two-for-Tuesday prompt of the month), write a counting poem and/or not > counting poem. What’s In Your Go-Bag? When a tornado drops from the skyor > wildfires breach the fenceor Fascists march door-to-doorlooking for ” >

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  6. JeanMarie says:

    You left out “10 Swiss Rolls”

    Well done

    Liked by 1 person

  7. ivor20 says:

    All the essentials Bart … and I smiled at your wity poem Bart ..

    Liked by 1 person

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