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Monday Poetry Prompt: Condition, Gratitude, Regular

This week let’s write a poem with the words condition, gratitude and regular in it. This is another of those prompts where I (somewhat) 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.


14 thoughts on “Monday Poetry Prompt: Condition, Gratitude, Regular

  1. You have a condition
    The good news:
    You will die with it,
    not from it
    Most likely
    I wanted to be regular girl
    And mostly have been
    I should have more gratitude
    But don’t

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    Posted by Second Act Blogger | November 25, 2022, 10:26 PM
  2. The Sin of Lukewarm

    She got up, though dreams trailed,
    web-like gray as morning.
    She would have liked
    to bump, half-conscious
    from sleep to part-sleep
    back to muffled dream
    ending up gradually
    in evening.

    That the burning
    would not be there
    to condition the rising sun

    without return of reason
    that gratitude
    would come to soothe,
    with no coaxing,
    but with remembrance
    for reasons to be glad,

    That reproach with its ticking
    clock its confounded regularity
    would wait,
    until shouldering
    into consciousness
    a memory of virtue could catch up,

    Would bring comfort, large lapped enough
    and plush, to soothe
    the inadequate heart,
    holding it counter to insignificance,
    against this frail failure –
    that was yet lurid
    in the waking glare of morning.

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    Posted by ts19page | November 23, 2022, 10:45 AM
  3. Thank you Bart! There’s one thing I know…when writers or poets express a sentiment, they also live it even if for a small while. I know that sympathy that comes from a writer’s words is sincere. Means much.

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    Posted by utopicdystopian | November 22, 2022, 7:33 PM
  4. Regular condolences sweep in
    brushing past all grieving hearts
    Fake sad smiles of unfelt gratitude
    acquired in living, these social arts
    of conditioned sentimental acrobatics
    in practised lines, rehearsed parts…

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by utopicdystopian | November 22, 2022, 3:15 AM

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