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Monday Poetry Prompt: Names


This week let’s write a name poem. JeanMarie forwarded me this video by Auntie Laurel. While it’s designed to teach elementary school kids poetry, she offers an interesting prompt around the 2:45 mark to write a poem with your name as a metaphor. My only extension of the prompt is that it doesn’t have to be your name. You could use anyone’s name, someone you love, someone you hate, just use it in a metaphor and post your poem below.

(This might make an interesting acrostic. Just sayin’.)


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.


19 thoughts on “Monday Poetry Prompt: Names

  1. H Bartholomew, I’m new to this blogging ‘business’, having written a few acrostic poems I thought you might like this ‘difficult’ one.

    Vach of Love that to my Alpha is Omega A
    Invoking this old soul of Machiavelli, I
    Come and sing your elemental vesper R
    To me twice-born cloven hoofed Apollo O
    Oracle of Man’s most Mystic Art T
    Restore my faith in aphrodisiac C
    Instill the earth sworn music of your Psi I
    Assail my soul that I might liv V

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    Posted by TonyA.......... | August 9, 2020, 1:56 PM
  2. Well, I should open my email promptly…

    For Joanne

    Just as the sun eased below
    Offering nothing to the line of control
    Announcing this brightly lit act was done
    Nightbirds, twittering and acrobatic
    Nearly filled the space above us with joy
    Echoing the song in my heart for you

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Chris Clarke | June 10, 2020, 10:33 PM
  3. Sage

    Sweet citrus floats on woody pine
    Ageless wisdom abundant and fine
    Golden dreams rest in your smile
    Elegant green rope dresses up your crown

    Liked by 2 people

    Posted by Cassa Bassa | May 26, 2020, 6:36 PM
  4. My name is a slurry of vowels.
    My name is blue, green, and black like the ocean.
    My name tastes sweet like gelato.
    My name crosses the international date line.
    My name is time consuming, tragic, and tethers me to history.

    Liked by 2 people

    Posted by JeanMarie | May 25, 2020, 2:49 PM
  5. Excellent expansion of the prompt Bart. I love these videos! Thanks for posting. I’m going to have to work on the one for my name but for now, an acrostic:

    trash man is
    mash that
    pumpkin head!

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by JeanMarie | May 25, 2020, 2:27 PM
  6. Lisa was named after a newspaper comics character
    but not funny ha ha
    more funny paper like
    but oh so serious.
    Where was I going here?
    Oh, yeah
    it was the Rex Morgan character
    and just like that
    Lisa became a name
    of many women
    in my generation.
    Mother was upset
    saying it was to be
    original for me.
    It’s not in the name
    You see I am my own
    original me.
    Say any name but I only
    answer to who I am.
    Where’s the metaphor in this?

    Liked by 3 people

    Posted by Lisa Tomey | May 25, 2020, 12:20 PM

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