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Monday Poetry Prompt: Governor, Sunflower, Warm

This week let’s write a poem with the words governor, sunflower and warm in it. This is another of those prompts where I randomly choose three words from a list of the top 1000 words in the English language plus a few of my favorites. Post your poems 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.


20 thoughts on “Monday Poetry Prompt: Governor, Sunflower, Warm

  1. Monday-poetry-prompt-governor-sunflower-warm

    The Sunflower King
    Ami (Gypsie) Offenbacher-Ferris

    I say, said he, the mightiest Sunflower in the land,
    ‘Tis I that will lead this day and every day
    hence with warm sunshine,
    declaring his worth, his intent and his plan.

    From far afield the Governor’s voice was heard,
    relegated past the weeds and ferns, was he.
    ‘Tis not for you to say this day
    Whom will lead and lead not.

    That great yellow blossom ballooned as it was,
    by false praise and greedy petitioners.
    Listened not to the words wisely offered to him,
    Nor did he hear the cries of his devotees.

    Turning his face to the glorious rays
    of the only orb greater than he,
    failing to see the long shadow beneath
    the bulbous machinations of his leaves.

    He guzzled the sun where no other could,
    gain succor, drink or knowledge.
    The ones he led, died slowly instead,
    leaving him ruling his kingdom of one.

    Liked by 2 people

    Posted by amio1958 | August 22, 2021, 12:17 PM
  2. My love
    in layers of wool
    wrapped and warm
    I knocked the governor
    to a radiator derelict
    paint-smothered and cold
    in a room
    where sunflowers
    bowed toward her beauty
    she smiled to me
    as the windows
    leaky and iced
    slowly start to melt
    in a trifold radiance
    of the moment

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Chris Clarke | July 20, 2021, 11:54 AM
  3. there were 10 syllables in the prompt today, so I only had 10 to work with:

    Buy a sunflower
    My babies are cold, gov’nor
    Help me keep them warm

    Liked by 2 people

    Posted by Catherine Penafiel | July 19, 2021, 8:51 PM
  4. If love governed our courts
    and beauty built our cities
    then we would be as warm
    as van Gogh’s sunflowers.

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by JeanMarie | July 19, 2021, 4:25 PM
  5. Raleigh
    North Carolina
    Governed by Cooper
    Has beautiful sunflowers
    At Dorothea Dix
    it’s warm
    In fact it’s hot
    You are invited
    Poetry welcomed
    when you’re done
    share your experience
    of golds, oranges, reds
    and greens
    and bees

    Liked by 2 people

    Posted by Lisa Tomey | July 19, 2021, 8:10 AM

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