Poem ‘Southside’

Southside

seabird shadows play
across my drawn curtains

a minimalist drama
upon which I intrude

car tyres scrunch by
like slowly tearing paper

gulls’ insistent cries describe
someone sparing food

© copyright David Francis Barker 2011

*The poem was inspired by last winter.

**The illustration this time is a photograph I took at Bempton Cliffs, Yorkshire, England, of gannets, which has been manipulated.

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31 thoughts on “Poem ‘Southside’

  1. David,

    This illustration is breathtaking! Almost as good as being there. I love Bempton Cliffs! We have spent hours there over the years with the children; I haven’t visited there for ages; I think, maybe, they beckon!

    And your poem is exquisite. The first two lines told me it was going to be a winner!

    Wonderful! Especially as here today we have very stormy weather and are told it is set to get worse this evening.; As my dad used to say from his seafaring days” its time to batten down the hatches”!

    Christine

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  2. Hi Christine – and thank you once again! Yes, Bempton is wonderful. I am a bit of a birder so it’s great to visit there when I can. It is very much gannet city these days, along with razorbills, fulmars, kittiwakes etc… and the occasional puffin. Thank you again!

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  3. David, I really wish you would add this URL to your gravatar and twitter profiles. Anyway, I THINK I have finally set all buttons so as to receive email notifications of your new posts here. Because I would have been SO disappointed not to be aware of this particular post. The painting is beyond evocative of my own childhood in a field on family errands against a backdrop of almost-haunting trees. The manipulated photo illustration of the gannets over the rocks will play against the drawn curtains of my mind’s eye for many a winter day here in NW Alabama! Thank you for this most generous sharing of yourself!

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  4. Wonderful images in this piece, David. I’m particularly liking the car tires like tearing paper, that’s a description I haven’t thought of before. Love the photo, too. A first glance I thought it was a photo but, then I was certain it was a painting…awesome editing.

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  5. I love the poem, it is so evocative. I can hear and see the gulls, the lines “a minimalist drama upon which I intrude” describes how us humans spend most of our lives!

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  6. Lovely poetry and beautiful paintings full of mood and atmosphere. Am a disabled artist and am lucky enough to posess a couple of pieces of your work. I look at them each day, they inspire me to paint and try to capture the big beautifull Norfolk skies i live under. Thank you for that. Your work gives me a boost and reminds me of the beauty about me ready to be captured in all mediums.

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