Postcard from the End of the Cretaceous

Like a dinosaur’s nest,
there are no eggs in my mailbox.
The post is nearly extinct
and I’m to blame.

Little mammalian emojis
are nimbler than lumbering
letters sealed with a kiss.
But what have we lost?


Written for Sammi’s Weekend Writing Prompt and Living Poetry’s Monday Prompt.

But it got me thinking and so, to appease the postal gods, I will send you, my dear reader, an original poem of ink on paper written in my own hand. All you have to do is email me,, with your address and a word to inspire me. I’ll send the poem anywhere a postman will go.

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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25 Responses to Postcard from the End of the Cretaceous

  1. K. Hartless says:

    What a lovely offer. Thank you.

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  2. lightbehindthecloud says:

    So beautiful! 🥺💕

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Aye Laddie,

    What have we lost indeed? I actually cared about penmanship once. Now we don’t even have to think, we have machines to do that for us too.

    Thought provoking.


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  4. jai says:

    We are all to blame. But the world keeps spinning, and nothing is static…we change or get left in the dust. But when composing poetry, I still use paper and pencil, though my handwriting isn’t as neat as it once was; it’s rusty, like the rest of me. lol
    Poignant poem, Bartholomew. A trifle sad…

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  5. Cassa Bassa says:

    You made a great point!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. thelongview says:

    Too true! I’m excited by your offer, so expect an email from me 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Bill says:

    What have we lost? A ponderous question. An art form, perhaps.

    Liked by 2 people

  8. Intriguing opportunity Bartholomew! 😇

    Liked by 1 person

  9. ivor20 says:

    Totally relatable Bart … those perfumed letters were precious …

    A Card For the Plumber/Poet

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