15 Last Minute Gift Ideas for Old Bohemian Poets


They don’t want any more crap
cluttering their rented rooms
unless it can be burned
for heat under a hungry moon.

If you insist: Wine

Leave the bottle at their doorstep,
ring the bell, run away, no card,
no note, just take satisfaction knowing
the alcohol ran through their heart.

Best: an Epigram

Dedicate a poem to them. Make it cryptic,
one they did not inspire, unrelated
to their work, life or affectations.
And if they notice, they’ll be elated.

(for this week’s Living 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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46 Responses to 15 Last Minute Gift Ideas for Old Bohemian Poets

  1. JeanMarie says:

    This is a fun one. Now write a listicle of what to get a curmudgeon poet so I can ignore it. :) <3

    Liked by 6 people

  2. ivor20 says:

    A poet following poet is called poetry in motion

    Liked by 4 people

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  4. Cassa Bassa says:

    Ha that’s like a gift prank….some good, some strange, some funny.

    Liked by 4 people

  5. James Mose says:

    Art being appreciated.

    Liked by 2 people

  6. i can’t even get socks, and im only 36…

    Liked by 1 person

  7. luvgoodcarp says:

    The image of a “hungry moon” works so well. Every moon is hungry when you’re an old Bohemian poet.

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  8. berniebell1955 says:

    Mike wrote this, this morning. Then I read your blog post….asked is it OK with him if I send it to you …he said yes….Solstice Greetings from The Bells!


    Pilgrim soul,
    Attracted, yet outside the horizon
    Of others’ myths, certainties.
    Outside the community of Faith,
    Is what remains, the terrifying responsibility
    Of interstellar space?

    But Silence lives, and Light fills.
    And at the centre of all Being?
    It Is.

    McB 21st December 2022

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  10. Nice one. I found myself agreeing with everything as I read along. Kind of a perfect list.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Love this 🖤

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Pratik says:

    Nice blog

    Liked by 1 person

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