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Monday Poetry Prompt: Combine, Time, Upon

This week let’s write a poem with the words combine, time and upon 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.


23 thoughts on “Monday Poetry Prompt: Combine, Time, Upon

  1. Never enough time
    Naivety robbing chunks of mine
    Tender ages torture my heart
    My virtue so many ripped apart

    Adolescence transcended upon thee
    The most intense hope came over she
    A love so pure, so hard to find
    Too bad we were not well timed

    But this one is the headline
    Mangled heart and soul combined
    A part of me shattered by you
    Your shackles bonding us two

    Pleading in my mind
    Redemption I beg to find
    Always know I tried
    Never once zombified

    Never enough time
    For an awfully steep climb
    More like a total free fall
    Not black and white after all

    Liked by 2 people

    Posted by SummerGal06 | October 20, 2022, 10:16 AM
  2. Jerusalem

    Tears combine mud upon the soiled reality
    Time stand still on her wailing
    for her innocence no more

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Cassa Bassa | October 20, 2022, 12:58 AM
  3. Once we wed
    We combined resources
    Nothing plus nothing is still nothing
    May as well be joint
    With the passage of time
    Resources are not nothing
    But we struggle to keep the binding from unraveling

    Liked by 3 people

    Posted by Second Act Blogger | October 18, 2022, 11:43 PM
  4. Once upon a time
    I combined words into poetry
    new and sparkly

    Now I recycle cliches
    in boring unoriginal ways

    Liked by 4 people

    Posted by JeanMarie | October 18, 2022, 3:19 AM
  5. In the alchemy of time
    there was once an elixir
    meant to combine stones
    of heart with butterflies
    in the stomach
    to bring to life, love.

    Liked by 2 people

    Posted by utopicdystopian | October 17, 2022, 12:20 PM
  6. Square, Dancing

    We are arabesques of water, space, and light.
    What happens to such interludes
    upon the approach of night?

    Photons zoom self-consciously,
    hovering around, expecting echoing,
    a generative sound.

    Quanta zoom recklessly, with abandon,
    strings vibrate bass and brass,
    the edge of the forest
    grows best the grass.

    Loosely connected,
    our incidence of particle,
    our fleeting wave in time
    is another galaxy in its fiddler’s rhyme,

    What happens to the mist we are,
    when we fall in love
    the song the supple strings hum
    as we run across a field reddened in the sun

    We leave the ground leaping, every organ feels the rise
    of combined melodies, a spectra of the skies
    waving into wheat like gold, apple red,
    the translucent green of leaf.

    We focus on the given thing
    before we open up our hand
    and let fall sparkling, the scooped up sand,
    deaf to the star-studded encore, the call-back
    for members of the band.

    Liked by 3 people

    Posted by ts19page | October 17, 2022, 12:08 PM
  7. Upon the throne toils
    the combine combines all things
    Time and Life and Soil

    Liked by 3 people

    Posted by Chris Clarke | October 17, 2022, 11:25 AM

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