I have been meat-free for seven years, since the end of December 2013. The journey has been a ridiculously amazing one filled with lots of eye-opening moments, and some that were not the easiest to get through. Giving up consuming the flesh of animals was something that I never thought I would have done, yet […]Why I stopped eating animals and embraced more kindness — THE SOMETHING GUY
Curious Vervet Kruger National Park. South African zebra Poses for her portrait. Happy ostrich is ready for a close up, while artfully made up Ms. Giraffe puts on the glam. Barbary Ape in Gibraltar looks ready for a serious conservation. Magellanic penguin stares me down in Ushuaia, Argentina. California Channel Island Fox poses quite smartly, […]Critter Close Ups~ —
Photo by Harvey Sapir on Pexels.com My mother was a superstitious person. She clapped for luck when she saw white horses, threw a pinch of spilled salt over her shoulder to prevent catastrophe, and had a collection of carved elephants forever facing East. Several years ago, while visiting my son and daughter-in-law, who shared my […]Elephants Facing East — Meditations in Motion
In this work we will briefly discuss human relationships with animals followed by a look at the main structure of the tale tale type of The Faithful Hound. Three examples of such tales from different countries will be retold before concluding with a few reflections that may offer a deeper insight into the story.Animals and Injustice: Exploring The Motif of the Faithful Hound — Under the influence!
Meetings with animals wild and tame make me happy. And while birds touch my soul most profoundly, I’m always grateful for opportunities to observe and photograph other creatures. All of the following pictures were taken this summer, except for the last one. I had to chuckle when I came across these slightly uncommon pets: not […]Animal Encounters — tanja britton
*Gerald Durrell’s books about animals in Corfu are fantastic.
By special request I am sharing Sam, A Shaggy Dog Story and I hope those of you who have not read his adventures will enjoy… Last time we had the sadness of new kittens who were not with us very long and it is now time to share some happiness with Sam’s favourite things… Chapter […]Smorgasbord – Sam, A Shaggy Dog Story Chapter Seven- Snow and Favourite Things by Sally Cronin — Smorgasbord Blog Magazine
Haiku copyright Francis Barker 2020.
A picture of you
you cupping daffodils in sacred space
this picture of you framed in sacred space
yes I’m dreaming of spring, of light, of warmth!
a new life together, our sacred space
we’ve returned like birds in hope of new life
preparing for love in lush sacred space
what peace there may be, let’s find it again
near where the lilies grow, their sacred space
here, walking free, he whispers words of love
so we join him to share his sacred space
© copyright David Francis Barker 2011
*This has been work in progress for many months, but like all poetry I now abandon it, at least in this form.
Whether it can still be called a ghazal, I’m not sure. The last verse originally had a full reference to me, but I changed it to the third person and left it as the phrase ‘walking free’, which is a weak link to Francis, my middle name, which could mean ‘free man’, or perhaps, ‘little Frenchman’! Anyway, the original idea was to imagine Saint Francis in a garden with the birds but I guess it has morphed now into a romantic wish with hints of Francis walking somewhere in a beautiful garden, which might well be a nice place to be.
The painting (or a part of it) is my take, an impression if you will, of Monet and his water lilies, mixed media on canvas.
I produced some of these several years ago, 89 x 64 mm, kind of miniature art cards and good fun to do. I will be putting some of these on ebay shortly. They will all be oil colour originals on 230gsm art paper.