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 comments

  1. Meanderer · December 8, 2011

    How beautiful. I love the image and poem.

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  2. AngelaJaneGrace · December 8, 2011

    I found this wonderfully haunting, David – a capture of an outside world.

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  3. Ina · December 8, 2011

    Hi David, what a lovely scene. Seabirds can be very impertinent as it comes to demanding food! 🙂

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  4. David Francis Barker · December 8, 2011

    Thank you – you are very kind!

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  5. David Francis Barker · December 8, 2011

    Angela – thank you once again!

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  6. David Francis Barker · December 8, 2011

    Ina, thank you once again!

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  7. abichica · December 8, 2011

    How beautiful..:-)

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  8. journeyintopoetry · December 8, 2011

    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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  9. David Francis Barker · December 8, 2011

    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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  10. granbee · December 8, 2011

    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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  11. df barker · December 8, 2011

    Hi, once again I am very grateful to you! I have put my URL on my gravatar now and twitter should also be ok. You are very kind.

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  12. Littleskew · December 8, 2011

    Gorgeous; you never fail to impress with your art and your poems

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  13. susanjanejones · December 8, 2011

    I find this poem extremelly calming. Lovely.

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  14. Victoria C. Slotto · December 8, 2011

    You are such a good poet, David. I am reading your collection. One of the poems that’s really struck me is the one about the poppies. Wow.

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  15. BlueGem · December 9, 2011

    awesome!

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  16. df barker · December 9, 2011

    Thank you – you’re so very kind

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  17. df barker · December 9, 2011

    Hi, thank you so much! I’m glad it had a calming influence…

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  18. df barker · December 9, 2011

    Victoria – many, many thanks for reading my poems. I am grateful for your lovely comments!

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  19. df barker · December 9, 2011

    Many thanks for reading it – I am grateful

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  20. Emma · December 9, 2011

    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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  21. figmentsandimagination · December 9, 2011

    Lovely! 🙂

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  22. willowdot21 · December 9, 2011

    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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  23. lscotthoughts · December 10, 2011

    Simply elegant and I love the imagery!

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  24. df barker · December 10, 2011

    Thank you once again!!!

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  25. bardessdmdenton · December 12, 2011

    My favorite line:
    ‘gulls’ insistent cries describe
    someone sparing food’

    Powerful blend of nature and man at the seaside. The photo manipulation is very effective.

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  26. df barker · December 12, 2011

    You are again very kind – thank you. Kind regards

    David Francis Barker

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  27. ladynimue · December 12, 2011

    Beautiful shot !!
    and a lovely poem …
    nice visuals 🙂

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  28. df barker · December 12, 2011

    Thank you, I am very grateful to you!!!

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  29. willofheart · December 20, 2011

    the piece is simply fantastic and the painting is really incomparable truly love it…

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  30. Deaddog11 · January 15, 2012

    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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  31. df barker · January 15, 2012

    Thank you so much!

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