Haiku: Precipice

aerial photo of mountain surrounded by fog

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No one wants the truth
Make believe is far better
Fools stand on the edge

copyright Francis Barker 2019


Tanka: Ant Colony

abstract ants bark bee

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This ant colony
There’s no individual
No concept of hope
Freedom is an abstraction
Death is the only way out

copyright Francis Barker 2019

Haiku: Perennial War

war battle middlage

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Let battle commence
The seed of all conflict
Hate of the ages

copyright Francis Barker 2019

Poem: Carpet the World

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Carpet the world in red
and those who like blue
will rage at your door.
Carpet the world in blue – 
soon rabid hecklers arrive
to even the score.
Carpet the mind instead, wear
slippers of any colour on my feet.
I can do no more

copyright Francis Barker 2019

Haiku: Not One World

black green brown continent

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There’s as many worlds
as there are minds to behold
The world is in me

copyright Francis Barker 2019

Poem: Murmur

black and green humming bird perched on wood branch

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There’s not a breath of wind,
the dark silhouettes of starlings
bedeck the listless droop of the willow.
This gathering for the fall
is nature’s soul reclaiming its own,
whilst we, confident in our ignorance,
our sovereign separation from the core,
have the gall to wonder at murmurations
as if seen for the first time –
as if we play no part in it.
Medieval minds had more wisdom than this;
they looked at the world for what it was,
in balance and in tune, sowing and reaping,
whilst we know only how to reap
in anticipation of no tomorrow,
sowing the seed of our own demise.
How the starlings will murmur.

copyright Francis Barker 2019

Tanka: Intervention

star trail photography

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I knock on the door
No one will ever answer
Seek intervention
but silence reigns in the sky
Connivance rules the dark world

copyright Francis Barker 2019