Haiku 2012 #2

soft indignation
flat third of a minor chord
world’s light in a cell

© copyright dfbarker 2012

*image based on a watercolour original, part of a reconstruction of a Benedictine Priory. This image is not necessarily to hint at the meaning of the haiku, although it could be one interpretation.



  1. Catherine O'Meara · January 9, 2012



  2. thesweetkitten · January 9, 2012

    Haiku is one of my favorite genres. I am pleasantly surprised that you write them too!


  3. Robert · January 9, 2012

    Very moving, especially with the delightful illustration.


  4. Colline · January 9, 2012

    To me, the painting seems to embody a sense of peace


  5. Soma Mukherjee · January 9, 2012

    Beautiful painting peace and tranquility But I do want to know whats behind that closed door…:-)
    Writing haiku is one of the toughest form of poetry at least to me and i admire those who can…its beautiful and amazing how in few words you could express yourself


  6. df barker · January 9, 2012

    Soma – thank you so much, you are very kind!

    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

    Poetry collection, ‘Anonymous Lines’ available here: http://liten.be//j5nek


  7. rangewriter · January 9, 2012

    I love this painting…and the haiku, which I think relates beautifully to the image.


  8. df barker · January 9, 2012

    Once again, I am very grateful for your comments!


  9. Alex Autin · January 9, 2012

    You are amazingly talented!


  10. lscotthoughts · January 9, 2012

    Your haiku and painting are both beautiful, David. They do convey peace and tranquility~


  11. Ina · January 9, 2012

    Hi David
    the lovely painting has something transparant and light that I like very much, like the abbey in Stavelot I once visited.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Interieursebastiaanstavelot.jpg it reminded me esp. the church of St Sebastiaan. I love old buildings and the inpressive feeling you get when you realize so many centuries people have been there, in fear and in joy.

    Good haiku too 🙂


  12. claudia · January 9, 2012

    flat third of a minor chord…the third is all what divides a minor from a major chord…as a musician…i hear the sound in this…very nice..


  13. magsx2 · January 9, 2012

    Very nice work, I love the painting, the color makes it look very relaxing I feel, and the haiku is just beautiful.


  14. Betty Hayes Albright · January 9, 2012

    Powerful Haiku, David! “…flat third of a minor chord” adds mystery, and a little suspense to the “indignation” in that first line – and to the image of a cell containing the “world’s light”. Certainly sets a mood, and I sense many layers of meaning here.

    Of course the painting is beautiful, once again! 🙂


  15. granbee · January 9, 2012

    Wonderful haiku meditaiton on walking through the cells of one’s own priory! Beautiful painting again, D.F.


  16. Fergiemoto · January 10, 2012

    Beautiful artwork and accompanying haiku!


  17. df barker · January 10, 2012

    Thank you!


  18. df barker · January 10, 2012

    Ina, thank you!


  19. df barker · January 10, 2012

    Thank you very much!


  20. df barker · January 10, 2012

    Betty, you understand perfectly what I was getting at – I’m very grateful for your comments.


  21. df barker · January 10, 2012

    Thank you Granbee!


  22. df barker · January 10, 2012

    Thank you!!!


  23. aussieian2011 · January 10, 2012

    The image gives me a sense of another time another place , back in the cloistered hallowed halls of a pre edwardian time , a time where cloistered life gave serenity and calmness to meditation , a time where monks became a part of the buildings , enjoyed my musings on your blog


  24. Courtenay Bluebird · January 10, 2012

    I love the juxtaposition of the haiku and the watercolor, and I have to say, when I saw this in my “read posts” lists today, I had to stop and take a breath.

    I am *amazed* by what you can do with watercolor. It’s such an exacting medium, in my very, very humble opinion and experience, and you make it look so effortless. The light against the arches is intoxicating, and the figure so transcendent. Wow.


  25. df barker · January 10, 2012

    Hi – you are very kind, I am very grateful for your comments!


  26. Eve Redwater · January 10, 2012

    David, the painting is beautiful! I love the haiku, too!


  27. Caddo Veil · January 10, 2012

    Yep, you’re a genius. I actually love the watercolor best–though you probably know I’m a haiku freak. Thanks so much for your visits to my place!


  28. Robert O'Rayne · January 11, 2012

    Great picture, as usual though.


  29. Three Well Beings · January 11, 2012

    I will need to think about this one for awhile…there is a lot of mystery and when things are left “unsaid” I’m intrigued. I know you said the painting and the Haiku were not necessarily created for each other, but the painting mirrors what I heard in the Haiku just beautifully. There is an effortlessness about your poetry…and of course, I know that can’t be true. The simplicity is mesmerizing. Debra


  30. timotheous128 · January 11, 2012

    Love how you incorporate painting, music, and poetry, all in one piece. Excellent stuff, good sir!


  31. hobbinol · January 11, 2012

    Beautiful watercolour painting and the haiku is nicely enigmatic.


  32. Jane Thorne · January 12, 2012

    David this is beautiful and the feeling of light running through the painting draws you right in and the haiku sits well within it…Jane


  33. df barker · January 12, 2012

    Thank you, you are very kind!


  34. df barker · January 12, 2012

    Many thanks to those leaving comments here – I am truly flattered and extremely grateful.


  35. neelthemuse · January 13, 2012



  36. Louise Jaques · January 13, 2012

    Just glorious. This speaks to me on several levels, being able to understand your choice of flat third. A very clever way to express your meaning!


  37. df barker · January 13, 2012

    Thanks again Louise! I appreciate it.


  38. Thomas Davis · January 19, 2012

    I love the watercolor. Great post.


  39. barkinginthedark · February 7, 2012

    beautiful, meaningful. continue…


  40. dfb · February 7, 2012

    Thank you, Sir. I’m grateful for your comments.


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