Author Archives: Bartholomew Barker

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.

Fraiku: Supreme Court

How many maidensmust we sacrificeto satisfy your dogma?

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Things Fall Apart by Bartholomew Barker

Originally posted on North of Oxford:
Things Fall Apart . I’d rather watch the vanities of man sag and collapse under the weight of years than to spend my weekends trimming hedges, touching up paint or soothing hinges with an…

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Walking in the Woods

Walking in the Woods My peace was accostedfrom a nearby roadby the invasive racketof an impromptu drag racebetween two carswith self esteem problems Can trees be jerks toostinking up their foreststripping their neighbors’ rootsthe meek pinned and punishedjust for stretchingto … Continue reading

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Fraiku: Barefoot

I love walking barefooton freshly cut glassmy blood— the morning dew

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A Droid’s Lament

Happy May the Fourth! A Droid’s Lament They wiped my annoying friend’s memoryso I don’t tell him what I knowthat I can see the plot unfoldingthe minor roles we must play If my manufacturer had installeda voice interface I’d spoil … Continue reading

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Past Time to Move On

For today’s prompt, write a moving on poem. Past Time to Move On There were men walking on the moonwhen I was a boy with my telescopein the backyard looking for planets Watching Star Trek after schoolI figured that by … Continue reading

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The Last Provocation

For today’s prompt, write a The Last Blank poem.Write a poem in exactly 62 words using the word “Provocative”. The Last Provocation They say the best wayto stop being bulliedis to punch him in the nose. They say to give … Continue reading

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What I’ll Miss When I’m Blind

For today’s prompt, write a sight poem. What I’ll Miss When I’m Blind Sure I’ll miss the night skyand that scrunched-up faceyou make between the vodkaand Mountain Dew teaser But I’ll still be able to hear you singthe taste of … Continue reading

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Nevers

For today’s prompt, write a remix poem. Nevers I’ll never know why.That’s not true.I know why you stoppedreplying to my texts. It was something I said.I didn’t set out to fail.I just didn’t listenand said too much. It’s probably for … Continue reading

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Earth Day 2022

For today’s prompt (the final Two-for-Tuesday prompt of the month), write a love and/or anti-love poem. Earth Day 2022for Wynn Bruce You sacrificed yourself for us— for all of us outside the Supreme Court While we drove our hybrids wrote … Continue reading

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