The Beast from Below the Beyond

It bleeds up from a brackish bog,
bearlike and bat-faced,
breath of a basilisk.
It bumbles into a basilica,
battling, brawling, breaking bones,
burning, brutalizing human beings.

Until a brilliant boondocks boy
breaks into a brothel’s basement,
and among the bodices and bikinis,
he burgles some bagpipes
which boisterously bewilder
the beady-eyed brute,

banishing it back
to Below the Beyond!


For today’s prompt, write a B-movie 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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24 Responses to The Beast from Below the Beyond

  1. Fantastic and great fun Bartholomew! ☺️

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  2. JeanMarie says:

    Clever! I saw that prompt and couldn’t imagine how you write a poem for it but you nailed it!

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  3. jai says:

    Well done, Bartholomew. 👏👏👏

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  4. r.Douglas says:

    bodacious-ly backseat and backlot Burbank.

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  5. thelongview says:

    Bafflingly breathtaking!

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  6. Bill says:

    Alliterative genus. Well done.

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  7. Cassa Bassa says:

    Hahaha that’s a great B poem!!! Great Work!!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. equipsblog says:

    Beautiful brilliant because.

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  10. Susi Bocks says:

    Definitely a B poem! :) Fun.

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