How to Dig a Hole

Best after a good rain
when the earth is soft
and odors are amplified

Follow your nose to an interesting spot
then loosen the soil with your claws
to get through the top layer of grass

Throw the dirt with your paws
between your legs so your bellycoat
captures souvenirs

Push your snout deep into the world
fill your soul with the essence of life
the very stink of living

Return home and once inside
shake the wet from your fur
leave stains on the carpet

Then wag at your human
as drops to his knees
to worship your work

(For today’s prompt, take the phrase “How (blank),” replace the blank with a new word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem.)

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.

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