30 Reasons April is the Cruellest Month

Bobo‘s favorite tennis ball, the color of pine tree pollen,
still rests in my hand after a pump fake launched him running.
He saunters back, tail wagging, ready for another round,
not realizing he’s been the victim of a cruel joke.

Moriarty doesn’t even flinch when I sneak up behind him wearing
last Halloween’s googly eye glasses, his face a feline mix
of disdain and boredom. Those wily wrens outside do better tricks,
landing on the windowsill. I clean nose prints from the glass.

Robert Lee Brewer’s practical joke is to get us to write
a poem every day this month. I can hear his laughter as he posts
daily prompts, mustache twirling, each more diabolical than the last
as we lay ourselves across his railroad tracks.

But I’m the fool, volunteering to be the victim each April.
I could stop any day, any year, yet I’m still pranking myself.

(For Robert Lee Brewer, who today prompted “… write a foolish poem.”)

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 30 Reasons April is the Cruellest Month

  1. Ali Grimshaw says:

    You are daring to play with words all month long. Good for you!

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  2. Edge player – you old devil! 😉

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  3. trE says:

    There’s a challenge in the challenge. Keep’em comin’, Bart!

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  4. Michele Lee says:

    You are a fun prankster! I enjoyed reading your post.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. jai says:

    I didn’t know one had to post a daily poem from a prompt. This isn’t for me, but I applaude your fortitude, Bartholomew. I’ll just go with my usual—posting something when I feel like it on whatever subject I want. Unfortunately (or not) I’m not much of a joiner.
    Clever poem, by the way. I imagine it took some time to compose. 👏👏👏

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  6. JeanMarie says:

    I love this. 😊

    Liked by 1 person

  7. r.Douglas says:

    Didn’t know you’re a dog and cat kinda guy. Good on you. And a fine and fun first one, poem that is. I’m gonna try again this year…sans prompts… Have a good month, and woof and meow to your buddies. peace…

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  8. Nice.

    Moriarty stanza is my fav though.


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  9. luvgoodcarp says:

    Haha. Keep pranking, Bart.

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