Written by Bartholomew Barker

 

I can bring home lovers
but just for the night.
If they spend too much time,
she dams the river of words
leaving me dull as doggerel.

I tried to be married,
once or twice,
but she drove them away.
She demands my solitude
and will not be ignored.

She needs to be the only song
in my ears, the only hand
guiding my pen, the only candle
burning through my night.

 

Text © Bartholomew Barker

 

 

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