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Monday Poetry Prompt: Tuning

stage-for-symphony-orchestra-1528192-640x480.jpgThis week let’s write a poem about tuning. It could be about tuning a musical instrument, tuning a car, a radio or even tuning up the human body with exercise and eating right.

Here’s a quick poem I scribbled out which I’ll be submitting to my monthly workshop for review and fine tuning.


Getting in Tune

Arrive at the concert hall
early and take your seat
before the orchestra.
Listen to the individual
instruments as they tune
and play at the same time
yet separately. Conflicting
melodies and juxtaposed
rhythms can be jarring
but also strangely soothing
especially as more voices
are added to the cacophony
until the first violin
stands, plays an A
and all debate stops
while the air vibrates
with unity.

~ 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.


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