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Monday Poetry Prompt: Yuri’s Night

I hope everyone is having a productive National Poetry Month. I’m hijacking the daily prompt from Robert Lee Brewer’s Write Better Poetry blog for this special anniversary.

Today let’s write a poem celebrating human spaceflight since it’s the 60th anniversary of the first human to orbit the earth, Yuri Gagarin in Vostok 1. It’s also the 40th anniversary of the first space shuttle launch and has become a worldwide holiday and a great excuse to party called Yuri’s Night.

Let the final frontier inspire you to heavens then bring your poem down to earth and post it in comments below. Let’s Go!


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.


18 thoughts on “Monday Poetry Prompt: Yuri’s Night

  1. Mission Control didn’t know
    how he’d react without weight
    so they locked the controls

    Want to read the rest?

    Falling Free

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Bartholomew Barker | April 12, 2021, 8:08 PM
  2. At twenty-seven you strapped
    in and soared out of sight
    The first to reach space.
    Your feet back on Mother’s soil
    was a spectacular success.
    What was the sin
    that made you a scapegoat
    for you to leave for good seven
    year later? In an air crash no less.
    You earned a seat
    on the Altar of Flight
    where we pay our respects
    on Yuri’s Night.

    Liked by 3 people

    Posted by JeanMarie | April 12, 2021, 6:01 PM
  3. take me for a ride
    into space worlds never seen
    clamp my helmet tight
    suspended to spaciousness
    there’s a star to call our own

    Liked by 3 people

    Posted by Lisa Tomey | April 12, 2021, 7:23 AM

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