Tanka: Debriefing

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Where do I begin?
My mind has always been clear
You have been sheltered
A weak and parched survivor
You take one drop at a time

copyright Francis Barker 2020

Tanka: Awoken

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I was awoken
Truth hit me like a great weight
The old world was gone
Legions of ghostly soldiers
Gathered to deliver truth

copyright Francis Barker 2020

Tanka: When This Is Over

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When this is over
and we can all breathe again
we’ll live for the day
For new days of innocence
Beaming smiles of simple joy

copyright Francis Barker 2020

Tanka: Program

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I never go out
I wait for deliveries
I wave from windows
My life is now the TV
Programs of fear sustain me

copyright Francis Barker 2020

Tanka: Light of the World

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We watch you salute
The rest of us are crying
A light has gone out
The riderless horse breaks free
His saddle is refitted

 

copyright Francis Barker 2020

Tanka: Dream of Generations

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Once we had a dream
We believed the world could change
But the good died young
Generations have suffered
The untold and the unknown

copyright Francis Barker 2020

Tanka: Missing A Miracle

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Mysterious ways
Living in a miracle
Life can make us blind
Each day we awake is new
Attune to our Creator

copyright Francis Barker 2020

Tanka: Contagion

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Invisible foe
Manipulator of fear
The world may be yours
But immortal souls will see
Your contagion defeated

copyright Francis Barker 2020

Tanka: Larks Ascending (Vaughan Williams 3)

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Larks still ascending
His melody touching me
I mourn for my youth
Pastoral notes evoke loss
Still haunting my tender soul

copyright Francis Barker 2020

Tanka: Cats

The cat owns nothing

He’s the solitary one

Owning all of us

Egyptians would worship him

The silent watcher of souls

Tanka copyright Francis Barker 2020

Tanka: Coincidences

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It’s all gone backwards
Health, justice, education,
freedom and our faith
They have all been compromised
but it’s mere coincidence

copyright Francis Barker 2020

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