The Day After

The Day After

Starlings erupt from a distant field
like an avian disease infecting the sky
after exhausting their previous host.

The flock calligraphs my child’s name,
mocking my grief and pareidolia.

(For Sammi’s Weekend Writing Prompt: Avian and a Bernie’s challenge to use the word pareidolia in a poem. Also, in the vaguest of ways, Living Poetry’s September Visual Poetry Prompt.)

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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23 Responses to The Day After

  1. Incredible writing

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  2. It seems nobody likes the starlings.

    I would love to see this phenomena. I don’t think I ever have.

    Nice poem. Sinister feel. I love how they erupt and mock!

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  3. Yeah. Never have I ever. . .

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  4. Bernie Bell says:

    You done it, you only gone and done it – a proper poem containing the word….pareidolia.

    Pensivepoetperson – I like starlings – look at the sheen on and colours in their plumage – they argue, squabble, descend on the garden en masse and generally ‘large it’ – I likes ’em.
    As for their murmurations…well…..
    Two young women were out for a late afternoon canoe ride, and fortunately one of them had remembered to bring her video camera. What they saw was a wonderful murmuration display, caught in the short video below. Enjoy.

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  5. berniebell1955 says:

    As chance would have it …Mike’s bird poem in my blog for today….

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  6. Secret Bree says:

    I’m rather taken with your imagery here. The end heaviness at the end of the poem is wonderfully set-up in the first stanza with ‘erupt’, ‘disease’ and ‘exhausting’. Truly stunning writing.

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  7. butungislayp says:

    Powerful. Wow. 💜💜💜

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  8. berniebell1955 says:

    At the risk of going on and on….

    …new words are good to find!

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  9. berniebell1955 says:

    You old Trekkie you! Doesn’t sound very Klingon though – more likely to be ‘ A day without a battle is a day wasted.’

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  10. berniebell1955 says:

    I only speak Klingon when I have a cold…….’Accccchhhhh-ttttttaaaaarrrrr’.

    Ewok most of the time – Klingon when I have a cold.

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