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Monday Poetry Prompt: Nation, Program, Thin

This week let’s write a poem with the words nation, program and thin 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.


7 thoughts on “Monday Poetry Prompt: Nation, Program, Thin

  1. That’s quite interesting Nation, program, and thin


    Posted by ThaMF1 | February 20, 2023, 9:17 AM
  2. Nation reduced
    To bureaucracies program
    Purpose paper thin

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by joshuacushman89 | February 20, 2023, 9:15 AM
  3. Nation, Program, Thin

    Really? Like, for real?
    You want a poem with those three words in it?

    Hell, it’d be easier to write about toilet bowl cleaners.
    Or filling station pumps. Garden gnomes.
    Long lines at Krogers …
    (I don’t even know if there are any Krogers)
    White Castles! Yea! But no … !

    But my point is …
    We’re not asked to write a poem
    About the need eliminate poverty.
    Or to ensure heath care – FOR ALL.
    To feed the hungry. House the homeless.
    Give every kid a fighting chance …
    No, nothing worthwhile.
    Nothing like that.
    Nothing which gives this nation
    Even a thin chance
    At being the greatest in history
    For putting its wealth where its mouth is …
    For creating and supporting a program
    To bring all this, and more, about.

    No. No. None of that.
    We’re supposed to write a poem
    With the words nation, program, thin in it.
    Geez! You’ve got to be kidding!
    What a waste!

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Dennis or Donncha | February 20, 2023, 8:44 AM

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