For today’s prompt, write a remix poem.


I’ll never know why.
That’s not true.
I know why you stopped
replying to my texts.

It was something I said.
I didn’t set out to fail.
I just didn’t listen
and said too much.

It’s probably for the best.
This isn’t the first time
I’ve left a faceprint
in the pavement.

To rise you must first fall.
To laugh you must first bleed.


(Mine’s not really a remix. It’s more a mash-up of I’ll never know why and They never tell you that to succeed you have to fail since they both had the word never in their titles.)

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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16 Responses to Nevers

  1. I don’t want to depress the like button because this is so heart-wrenching. Please pick your face up off of the pavement so you can see all the faces that care …..❤️‍🩹
    (and if it’s fiction – well-done!)

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  2. This is well done and I appreciate your take on the mix up prompt, making it your own!

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  3. Another poignant one. Nice.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. ivor20 says:

    Yep … I do a lot of falling and bleeding Bart …

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  5. JeanMarie says:

    Good job B. You took 2 good poems and made them better. Mash them taters!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Susi Bocks says:

    Well done on the mashup, Bart. Quite a bit of truth to it too. :)

    Liked by 1 person

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