Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

March_on_Washington_editThis week’s Monday Poetry Prompt from Living Poetry got me writing.

“Write a 10-word poem on an encounter you had this past week with another person.”

I was inspired to write three poems. The first is dedicated to a mystery woman:

Venus rises slow in the west and subsides too soon.

The second is for a very different woman:

Just one date then crazy comes from my first stalker.

And the third is for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.:

Not soldiers, it is protesters I thank for our freedom.

What do you think?

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About Bartholomew Barker

Bartholomew Barker was born and raised in Ohio, studied in Chicago, worked in Connecticut for nearly twenty years before moving to Hillsborough, North Carolina where he makes money as a computer programmer to fund his poetry habit.
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6 Responses to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

  1. Emily Cooper says:

    I love them all! I thank the soldiers, too, though — not because I approve of our military adventures — but because so many of them sacrifice a lot.

  2. Emily Cooper says:

    I agree we do fetishize them. I try to separate the individual from the system when I can — though no doubt the military feeds the narcissism of certain people. That mentality is dangerous. All I mean is, if someone develops PTSD, I don’t want to say “You should’ve known better.” Personally, I’d like to cancel the military and explore space!

    On Mon, Jan 19, 2015 at 8:08 PM, Emily Cooper wrote:

    > I love them all! I thank the soldiers, too, though — not because I > approve of our military adventures — but because so many of them > sacrifice a lot. > > > On Monday, January 19, 2015, Bartholomew Barker, Poet <

  3. JeanMarie Olivieri says:

    Lovely poems. Now, which of the first two is about me? ;)

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