The Globe Inn


The Globe Inn
56 High St, Dumfries DG1 2JA, UK



Down an alley
called a “close”
not much wider
than a crack
in a wall,
they say this pub
was frequented
by Robert Burns
two hundred years ago.

Rough hewn walls
painted white
in a failed attempt
to brighten a room
built long before
parking was a thing.

Flat screen televisions
and laminated menus,
the business
they’ve gained
over the centuries
has more than paid any tab
left by the Bard of Ayrshire,
who is taking selfies
there in the corner
with adoring female fans
like my great grandmother
in a mini skirt
and belly button ring.

But the best part of supper
was discovering
that I enjoy haggis.

Contributed by: Bartholomew Barker, one of the organizers of Living Poetry, a collection of poets and poetry readers in the Triangle region of North Carolina. His first poetry collection, Wednesday Night Regular was published in 2013. 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. You can find him on social media right here! WordPressTwitterInstagram

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  1. Megan

    March 6, 2017 at 9:13 am

    Did you make an address to the “Great chieftain o’ the pudding-race” in honour of Burns? 😉

    1. Bartholomew Barker

      March 6, 2017 at 5:15 pm

      I did, but my words paled in comparison to his.

  2. Taptutor

    March 6, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    Great poem…I can really get a sense of the place and food!

  3. Jerry T. Johnson, Writer

    March 6, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    Great poem and I did a lookup of haggis!

    1. Bartholomew Barker

      March 6, 2017 at 5:17 pm

      Now you must visit Scotland to actually taste it.

  4. The Globe Inn | Bartholomew Barker, Poet

    March 6, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    […] and Champit Tatties, and posted a rough draft that evening. After a couple of workshops the final version now appears on dine AND rhyme, the premier restaurant and poetry website. Check it […]

  5. Bartholomew Barker

    March 6, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    Thanks for posting my wee poem. I glad you enjoyed it.

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