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Monday Poetry Prompt: Cardinal

This week let’s write a cardinal poem. I saw a couple of cardinals in a tree yesterday. I’m referring to the bird not the Catholics but your poem can be about either of those or even the adjectival form of the word. Dazzle us with your bright red poetry 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.


10 thoughts on “Monday Poetry Prompt: Cardinal

  1. Red. A scarlet messenger
    Spotted on the Edge
    Of the street.
    Hoping to fly
    For nourishment
    For a purpose
    But not to the song
    Of the people
    This messenger
    sings to his own.

    Liked by 3 people

    Posted by Lisa Tomey | July 31, 2021, 8:52 AM
  2. “You know when you see a Cardinal outside the window
    someone you love who has passed is saying hello.”

    So who are you Mr. Cardinal
    feathers ratty
    and your bald head
    looking prehistoric
    like a some predator from days gone

    Beauty of fine plumage
    long lost to youth
    you eye me through the back window
    ground dead and cold
    without the snowy coverings of fresh winter

    Who of the dead are you
    one hundred billion
    once like me
    lost to time
    what soul calls to me

    two days later
    I find you dead
    all the fauna on you
    long gone
    looking for more warm abodes

    I dig a small hole
    and lay you in it
    a thank you to you, Mr. Cardinal
    and to whatever soul
    you came to me for

    and then the flurries began to fly

    Liked by 2 people

    Posted by Chris Clarke | July 29, 2021, 10:24 PM
  3. Red blood dripping, thick
    the cardinal pecked the hand
    of the feeder – Mine!

    Liked by 2 people

    Posted by JeanMarie | July 26, 2021, 10:23 PM

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