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Monday Poetry Prompt: Lady, Island, Essential

I tried something different for this week’s prompt. I pulled a list of the 1000 most common words in English and then randomly chose three: lady, island, essential. Write a poem which includes all three words and post it 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.


29 thoughts on “Monday Poetry Prompt: Lady, Island, Essential

  1. On this island, the lady’s essentials must be covered. On another island, it essentially would not matter what the lady exposed.

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by equipsblog | February 27, 2022, 8:10 AM
  2. A Hope Garden

    The lady in cargo shorts started planting
    In the wee hours under the island moonlight

    When the sun was up
    I knocked to introduce myself to my new neighbour
    Over a pot of Turkish coffee
    I came to know that she planted
    Wild Iris, Obedient Plant, Marsh Marigolds and Rose Milkweed

    I can’t wait to see her garden bloom
    It will be a luxury in an island
    only sustained with the essentials
    Imagine the pretty little pink, purple and gold blossoms
    swaying in the pacific breeze

    Liked by 2 people

    Posted by Cassa Bassa | January 13, 2021, 3:48 PM
  3. If only words fell like iron filings
    filling the page in amorphous clumps
    with no order, polarity or direction


    running on
    like an old computer room printer
    out of control, printing a core


    a cantor dust
    in finer and fin^h^h^h^h^h^h^h^h^h^h^h^h^h


    My pen, a magnet
    pouring forth an image


    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Chris Clarke | January 12, 2021, 9:36 PM
  4. Here’s my poem: http://bartbarkerpoet.com/2021/01/11/boy-in-a-hospital/

    It starts:
    I woke up empty—
    left eye swollen shut
    where they pulled
    out my memory

    Liked by 2 people

    Posted by Bartholomew Barker | January 11, 2021, 8:09 PM
  5. Lady Liberty
    on your lonely island.
    Compassion is essential now
    Is anyone listening?

    Liked by 3 people

    Posted by JeanMarie | January 11, 2021, 7:28 PM
  6. A lady wrapped in furs
    keeps away midwinter chills
    dreams of tropical islands
    where sunshine warmth bestows,
    ‘tis essential to the healthy mind
    shedding the brrr from frosty window sills.

    Liked by 3 people

    Posted by purplestoneblog | January 11, 2021, 11:59 AM
  7. Well said. Congrats!

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by purplestoneblog | January 11, 2021, 9:59 AM
  8. Lady Liberty stands
    on Liberty Island
    She has a history
    and she has a purpose
    Yes-the original meaning changed
    What she has come to stand for
    has now become challenged
    As immigrants came to Ellis Island
    they eventually became citizens
    building many of the institutions
    we have come to cherish
    And now, hate is turning them away
    How long will it be
    before birthright becomes an awareness
    that all citizens have a right to be
    and let us ring the Liberty Bell
    as a tribute to killing the cancer
    that so many have festering in their
    minds – not by medical means
    but by ignorance and foolish pride
    or is this confused
    with leadership

    Liked by 4 people

    Posted by Lisa Tomey | January 11, 2021, 8:17 AM
  9. What a great idea!

    Liked by 3 people

    Posted by Cassa Bassa | January 11, 2021, 7:18 AM

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