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Monday Poetry Prompt: Century, Symbolism, Voice

This week let’s write a poem with the words century, symbolism and voice 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.


10 thoughts on “Monday Poetry Prompt: Century, Symbolism, Voice

  1. Last century
    WW II symbolized
    The power of America
    To twart its enemies

    The current century
    A cacophony of voices
    Makes the country look weak, divided
    The new ayatollahs
    Trying to hold fast
    To a vision of America
    That never really existed

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    Posted by Second Act Blogger | August 16, 2022, 12:38 PM
  2. I live in the Lowcountry
    where the bottomlands meets black waters
    far from the roar of the highway
    so close to the past
    that sometimes you remember what year it is

    From the back porch I sit and watch
    the evening show with all my favorite stars
    the osprey and the gator
    the night herons and the fallow deer
    remnants of a time long gone

    Then, as evening closes, the Chuck-wills-widow
    her voice bearing her name
    starts her night-long vigil
    a frenzy unmatched, except, maybe,
    by a love-struck Mockingbird in springtime

    And sometimes on such evenings
    when moon, stars and light
    combine in just the right way
    You’ll see him, the Lord God bird
    an Ivory-bill
    a giant with wings black and white
    beating unhurried like the black water home
    from where he comes

    No one believes me that this bird exists
    “There hasn’t been a verified sighting for nearly a century”
    they said when I told them
    No picture was good enough
    “Inconclusive!” they say

    But then the talk became dismissive of me
    as dismissive of the “extinct” bird itself
    “What, do you have Carlina Parakeets in a cage as well?”
    “I bet you dine a finest Heath Hen in the Lowcountry!”

    I stopped going to the bird club meetings
    36 years after I first joined
    their silent jeers met by my silent response
    like the bird no one believes
    lives in the swamp beyond my home
    the symbolism lost in the noisy chatter
    of the monthly bird club choir

    So I sit and watch the unfolding drama
    that comes on every evening
    in the best high-definition any eye can see
    The osprey and the gator
    The heron and the deer
    And sometimes, when the moon, stars and light combine just right
    You can see the Lord God bird
    flying through the trees
    to his unreachable hidden roost
    safe from all the naysayers

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    Posted by Chris Clarke | August 15, 2022, 10:02 PM
  3. what symbolism the voice of a century silenced in seconds

    Jonathan Byrd YouTube.com/jonathanbyrdmusic


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    Posted by Jonathan Byrd | August 15, 2022, 9:22 AM
  4. not a great start
    to this century
    mayhem plague and war
    dissenting voices earn
    a fatwa in the mail
    it’s not symbolism
    it’s for real
    ask salman rushdie

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    Posted by Rall | August 15, 2022, 8:22 AM

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