Today’s prompt was inspired by a suggestion from a Poetic Asides regular (Iain Kemp). He asked if I could somehow tie today’s prompt in with Burns Night, which is celebrated around the world on January 25 every year for the writing of Scottish poet Robert Burns. Since everyone may not be familiar with Burns’ work, I tried to make the prompt open to poets who know his work and who do not. Soooooo…
For today’s prompt, write a burns poem. This could be a poem inspired by the poet Robert Burns. Or it could be about rope or carpet burns. Or the poem could deal with flames or volcanoes. Your poem could deal with the way your heart burns or with heartburn. Hopefully, you won’t have to burn the midnight oil to write this poem (unless you prefer writing in the evening).
Here’s my attempt:
“A night without the boys”
I can feel the urgency in your eyes
that burn holes through everything
they strike. Like an ambassador for
caution, I raise my hands and sing
your name hoping my salty surprise
will stay hidden behind oven door
until its time for dinner. “Enter,” I
say. “Please enter.” And you sigh
when you see the table is still bare
after a long day at work, but you
only say, “I’m glad we can just loaf
around tonight.” But your beautiful
eyes still search beneath your hair.
Your nose knows there is meatloaf.
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