Directions to My Place

I invite my muse to stay for a long weekend
but it’s difficult finding my apartment
in this labyrinthine complex.

My text message directions are simple:
Turn left at the old Quaker Meetinghouse (not the new one)
Turn left at the run-down home by the lake in autumn
Turn left at the divorce you know is best for both
Turn left at the tree with poems rustling in the leaves
You might think you’ve turned completely around
but (Surprise!) it’s a spiral
I’m just not sure
if I’m at the center
or on the fringe.

But she still can’t find me
so I tell her to drive to Ohio
fifty-something years ago
that’s where it all started
and if she wants to get to where I am,
she’ll just have to take the same path.

(My final poem-a-day for April combined two prompts, Robert Lee Brewer’s write a surprise poem and the Poetry Superhighway’s write a poem in which you give very bad directions on how to find you.)

(Whew! I don’t have to write another poem until my next Fraiku!)

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 Directions to My Place

  1. We made it! Time to collapse. I haven’t written this much poetry in years. Not sure how good it is. And I have you to thank for it. (You can take that however you want.)

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  2. Stacey C. Johnson says:

    What a great poem, Bartholomew! Heck of a strong finish, congratulations!

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  3. Fantastic Bartholomew! Congratulations! 🍾

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  4. JeanMarie says:

    You nailed the bad directions prompt. Very fun. Congratulations on Surviving the month

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  5. Sarah E Barker says:

    Very Good

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  6. berniebell1955 says:

    To the tune of ‘Ding-dong The Witch Is Dead’ from ‘The Wizard of Oz’…..

    Ding-dong the poems are done
    Which old poems?
    The April poems
    Ding-dong the April poems are done.

    They’ve gone
    As all of Bart’s poems do
    Onto his blog for you
    To read and ‘like’

    No more will he
    Have to follow prompts
    He can just let go –
    So –

    Heigh-ho the merry-o
    Sing it high
    Sing it low
    Let them know


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  7. luvgoodcarp says:

    A long and winding road, no doubt. Great imagery.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Bridgette says:

    Love this one! Those muses sure do like to get lost.

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