Distraction

Distraction

The thing that’s killing me
is that which first caught my ancestor’s eye.
Until then, I was content to roam the far horizon,

to be that quivering digit in the African plain,
strolling and musing, simply taking my time
when it didn’t matter; crouching at pools,

fishing for food, picking up things which lay around.
You could say it was like a kind of Eden,
for which I didn’t care or mistrust.

But then one day – I can’t recall exactly when –
something sparked, like a piece of flint in the sun;
sharp, fetching blood and an idea.

The rest you know in its outlines;
when the shaping of some tool
turned the wise one into a fool.

*Taken from poetry collection ‘anonymous lines’

http://liten.be//iHKVl

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20 comments

  1. reading-stars · November 29, 2011

    “the rest you know in its outlines ..” Wonderful words as always. Want to add you to my blogroll (usually just do) but thought I better check if it’s okay with you 🙂 Let me know. Pam

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  2. newprairiestore · November 29, 2011

    Very nice!

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  3. David Francis Barker · November 29, 2011

    Thank you again Pam! Yes, I’d be glad to be on your blogroll! Thank you!

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  4. Emma · November 29, 2011

    ‘when the shaping of some tool turned the wise one into a fool’…yes, I’ll have to think about that line. I like the reflective nature of this piece, it’s got a wonderful atmosphere. I do enjoy how you pair your poetry with your paintings, which are lovely (did I already say that?).

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  5. David Francis Barker · November 29, 2011

    Hi Emma and thank you!
    I guess this one started off about lost innocence, how ‘man’ has been fighting ever since he shaped the first tool, which should be for his benefit but which, more often than not, isn’t.
    You may have mentioned the paintings before but I don’t mind if you say it again! I’m grateful for any comment!

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  6. journeyintopoetry · November 29, 2011

    I liove this!

    My favourite line is “like a piece of flint in the sun, sharp fetching blood and an idea” I love that.

    Really like the painting too.

    Christine

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  7. David Francis Barker · November 29, 2011

    Thank you very much!

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  8. Dianda · November 29, 2011

    I like the last stanza a lot!

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  9. Rose Byrd · November 29, 2011

    This painting is just sublime, especially for me today. I have tried about 8 times to get your “follow” button to accept my email address (which I was just using!) and to get the “like” button to accept my wordpress sign in. Do I have to register here and get a different sign in. Anyway, I will do that after telling you I especially enjoyed the connections through between “that which caught my ancestor’s eye” and the tool-forming that turned this one into a fool! Excellent development and self-discovery versified here!

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  10. granbee · November 29, 2011

    Sublime painting. Very effective and insightful connective verses between the opening where something was seen that had caught the ancestor’s eye and the ending where the toolmaker made himself into a fool thereby. I am so glad you tweeted me about this post. It also took a while to get the wordpress site pulled up correctly and get it to recognize me. Hope you will visit me at http://granbee.wordpress.com. I would welcome most gratefully and all feedback you wish to offer there.

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  11. Dancing Antelope · November 29, 2011

    I love this painting and its suggestion of the primal ephemeral moments. It speaks to me not only of loss of innocence, but loss of wild freedom.

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  12. Marcie · November 30, 2011

    I enjoyed reading this! Thanks for sharing your talents.

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  13. David Francis Barker · November 30, 2011

    Thank you so much! And yes, I will keep visiting you.

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  14. David Francis Barker · November 30, 2011

    Thank you so much! I appreciate your comments.

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  15. mimo khair · December 1, 2011

    beautiful!!

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  16. dontchawannadream · December 2, 2011

    OMG I love this painting! So beautiful. I wish I had more time to visit your blog ’cause you’re so talented! 🙂 Beautiful words too of course.
    Have a great weekend!

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  17. David Francis Barker · December 2, 2011

    Thank you very much indeed!

    Kind regards

    David Francis Barker Paintings in oil and mixed media. Painting commissions

    websites http://www.saatchionline.com/profile/284071 http://www.oneoffthewall.com/artists/artist/114 https://francisbarkerart.wordpress.com

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  18. R. Hernandez · December 3, 2011

    My friend, you are quite talented. The painting is amazing and your poetry sparkles “like a piece of flint in the sun.” Very inspiring, thank you.

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  19. David Francis Barker · December 3, 2011

    Hi – I know from looking at your site, that you are very talented and I am very grateful for your comments. All power to you.

    Kind regards

    David Francis Barker Paintings in oil and mixed media. Painting commissions

    websites http://www.saatchionline.com/profile/284071 http://www.oneoffthewall.com/artists/artist/114 https://francisbarkerart.wordpress.com

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  20. rangewriter · December 18, 2011

    You are a magnificent story teller, David.

    “to be that quivering digit in the African plain”…those words paint as evocatively as your paint brush does.

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