Highlighted Writer for AWOL Week #4 – Barry with ‘Pink.’

Our Highlighted Writer for Week #4 is Barry, known to us all for his amazing, instant rhymes. But this poem ‘Pink’ is different, it’s a rich, sensual piece of writing about an artist and a life model, with only a hint of rhyme in the first line of each verse, and instead, a precise focus on the subject, as an artist’s eye would have, and a beautiful simplicity. One adjective in the entire poem. Good work, Barry!


Only one thing mattered- 

The curve of the lip

the lazy concentration. 

The calm.


Only one thing remained-

This study of pink

the hue of flesh. 

A static. 


Only one thing focussed-

The pulse on the neck

the rhythm of breath. 

This moment. 



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