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Monday Poetry Prompt: Lament


This week let’s write a lament. With the current pandemic, I think we’re all grieving something, whether it’s a loved one or just the loss of what we considered normal life. Of course, laments have been written for millennia, we don’t need a virus to feel loss.

Post your lamentation in the comments below.


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.


14 thoughts on “Monday Poetry Prompt: Lament

  1. Sorrow’s Whisper

    My fingers tapping lines into your anxious heart.
    They send music notes for the wren to sing by your front porch.
    “Little birdy what story are you trying to tell me?”
    You are slightly amused by its uninvited company.
    If the wren could ever speak a human dialect,
    it would surely whisper on your shoulder,
    “A lover’s lament across the great dividing oceans.”

    Liked by 2 people

    Posted by Cassa Bassa | May 12, 2020, 6:38 AM
  2. For we had time and no love
    Tears with bulgy eyes too filled
    For our faces were ravaged
    This is not for the state we are now
    But the losses we have had
    To each a father, mother or brother
    Now we have to learn to live alone

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    Posted by feyintithepoet | May 11, 2020, 7:42 PM
  3. placing her hands over her face
    she feels ashamed
    unaware all the same
    such ecstasy is unreal
    when remorse
    when pain is evident
    there she is
    reclined in the pose of splendor
    yet no grass
    nothing more
    than the softness of dawn
    and the awareness of
    and she is ashamed
    she has reclaimed her life

    Liked by 2 people

    Posted by Lisa Tomey | May 11, 2020, 7:27 AM

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