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Monday Poetry Prompt: Add, Essential, Give

This week let’s write a poem with the words add, essential and give 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. I couldn’t come up with a good image for those three words so here’s a picture of a cat in a hat. 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.


22 thoughts on “Monday Poetry Prompt: Add, Essential, Give

  1. One Month Late

    The sky lights up
    showers of flame and steel
    add the night mare
    to give chase to dreams
    the coming dawn
    life as they know it

    And now war has come
    to a far off land
    as near as the 4k image
    on my large flat screen
    99% sRGB color gamut
    at 400 nits

    I say nothing
    I write nothing
    a lump in my being
    overwhelmed in the moment
    dammed behind
    the carnage on that screen
    the carnage in my mind

    Like water
    words cannot be long stopped
    braking all bonds
    stripping all down
    baring the painful and essential
    the dam will be smoothed

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    Posted by Chris Clarke | March 25, 2022, 12:18 AM
  2. Essential

    I am
    to add
    to essential
    as if
    my self
    give it
    any more

    in my

    it is
    a universal
    means all
    and that’s





    the essential
    does add
    when it
    does not
    for it
    does give—
    to be
    content with
    is to be

    in my

    Liked by 3 people

    Posted by william h mollohan | February 27, 2022, 4:18 PM
  3. fun to see a new contributor – welcome William Mollohan! Here is my contribution https://2ndactblogger.wordpress.com/2022/02/25/white-collar-parachute/

    Liked by 2 people

    Posted by Second Act Blogger | February 25, 2022, 11:23 AM
  4. Worthless

    Before my essential needs are met
    Even I give you all that I am
    My attempts only add to your devastation

    Liked by 2 people

    Posted by Cassa Bassa | February 23, 2022, 6:39 AM
  5. Auguries

    Herons were to blame,
    learning they had been essentially the same
    for thirty million years
    we were no longer happy.

    The lake was one mile wide
    at summer sunset on the end of the dock
    we saw the herons come
    alighting to stand motionless.

    They bend, skinny-legged, to the task;
    we make no difference to them,
    standing still we are

    Being invisible seems
    a step in the right direction.
    In Nebraska each year humans watch herons
    come to mate in their thousands,

    Attention, is a kind of love,
    the being behind binoculars
    is there to observe;
    we humans love to love.

    Herons follow pecking order,
    essentially first are first,
    for us the first shall be last.

    They do not change,
    flying over land that shifted,
    grinding over millennia,
    herons do not mourn change.

    They find snails, spear wriggling fish,
    leave starburst footprints on the sand
    and, for those who wish to be unseen,
    they oblige.

    Humans, creatures come lately,
    may find invisibility
    a grounded state
    out of sight, a resting place,

    At last we give up longing,
    already having the heron’s life,
    flying over the world, fishing the waters,
    eating all manner of things.

    Walking with majesty
    along the shore, with nothing to add
    to lives taken on the wing,
    skirting volcanoes.

    We sell the second car,
    nest up at night,
    hold each other a while longer,
    and bring forth plates of food.

    Liked by 2 people

    Posted by ts19page | February 22, 2022, 1:34 PM
  6. Essential the essential 02 21 2022
    does add
    I am it is content when it
    tempted defying within does not
    to add a universal for it
    to essential principal content does give—
    as if “all to be
    my self means all essential content with
    might and that’s content
    give it all through is to be
    any more all essential
    content means” essential with

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by william h mollohan | February 22, 2022, 12:58 AM
  7. Things We Might Say Without Serious Consideration

    Add me to your mailing list
    It’s essential that I know right away
    Would you like to round up your total to give to…

    Liked by 3 people

    Posted by Lisa Tomey | February 21, 2022, 9:51 AM

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