How to Bad Luck

For today’s prompt, write a How to Blank poem.

Today, in honor of the potential luckiness of the number 13, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that joyfully states that “Everything is Going to Be Amazing.”

How to Bad Luck

Moriarty is a black cat
born on a Friday the 13th.

I wake up to his staring daggers
like my freshman English teacher
when I was late for class.

He enjoys crossing my path,
making me stub my toe
on the coffee table
while I stumble to the kitchen
to serve him breakfast.

I knock over the salt shaker
reaching for the canned food.

Somehow I just know that I’ll break
the bathroom mirror shaving.

But I’ve welcomed him into my life.
I need more bad luck—
if only for the poetry.

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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22 Responses to How to Bad Luck

  1. Cassa Bassa says:

    You paid the price for poetry, and Moriarty was pinned as the scapegoat. 🤠😁

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  2. Bill says:

    I sure miss mine. Well chosen. Well done.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. ivor20 says:

    Haha … fortune favours the brave ..

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Good job on the challenge! 😁 I am thinking of writing a limerick for the challenge for my blog! Wish me luck 🍀😁🤗

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  5. Nice description of a feline friend

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  6. Moriarty is one smart cat! 🤣

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