Fraiku: You Are My Muse

We only glimpse each other
through layers of masks
yet you inflame my marrow

(For today’s prompt, take the phrase “You Are (blank),” replace the blank with a new word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your 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 Fraiku: You Are My Muse

  1. Inflame my marrow. Original! We don’t think about marrows much, it’s become a rare word

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  2. This poem is a poignant reminder that love can still blossom even in a world where masks hide our true selves. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ŒπŸ˜Š

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  3. Sarah E Barker says:


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  4. Cassa Bassa says:

    Very enticing muse

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  5. trE says:

    The ending line, “yet you inflame my marrow” … this is a stellar line, Bart. Wow!

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  6. r.Douglas says:

    on that marrow bandwagon too….cool kernel

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  7. berniebell1955 says:

    Inflamed marrow? See a doctor!

    Sorry – couldn’t resist.

    Maybe that is what love is – or friendship – when people can see what’s there through the masks put on as a defence against people – and accept what they see.

    And that can be across distance and time.

    What do I know? People are a mystery to me.

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  8. Oh, how deep this is, love it!

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  9. Bridgette says:

    Really love that last line!

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  11. well done bart.
    “yet you inflame my marrow”

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