How Full the Air

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

How Full the Air

That sunbeam angled
in through the window,
illuminating joyful molecules
like constellations in my room.

I watched dust motes dance
to the music of the vents,
as mercurial DJ Thermostat
kept changing his mind.

I don’t know how long I stared
but, according to Descartes,
for a time, I wasn’t there.

I breathe easier on cloudy days
because I don’t see
how full the air is.

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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11 Responses to How Full the Air

  1. LOVE this one. “That sunbeam angled” “joyful molecules” such great concrete imagery “music of the vents”.and so on. Also love the turn in the third, “for a while I wasn’t there” and the great conclusion back to the reality.

    On Tue, Apr 19, 2022 at 4:59 PM Bartholomew Barker, Poet wrote:

    > Bartholomew Barker posted: ” For today’s prompt (the third Two-for-Tuesday > prompt of the month), write a what’s there and/or what’s not there poem. > How Full the Air That sunbeam angledin through the window,illuminating > joyful moleculeslike constellations in my room. I w” >

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  2. JeanMarie says:

    Well done! Great images here. I too prefer when i can’t see the pollen

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  3. Mercurial DJ, love that and more about your poem! Well done!

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