Haiku: ‘Faith Alone’

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Who knows what is real
We don’t know what to believe
Faith is all we have

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

Astrology Has an Interesting History — Class Warfare Blog (Reblog)

Astrology goes way back so I assume it has a pre-history (going back 6000+ years or so) but there is little we can learn about such beliefs before there were written records of what they were. In any case we can learn two things from this long-standing belief. For one, people looked up and studied […]

Astrology Has an Interesting History — Class Warfare Blog

Haibun: God is Within

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The 60s came and they declared You dead.
For a time many might have believed it.
But events transpiring ever since
have only convinced me that You are —
and always will be —
that still small voice inside.

Peace and love have gone
Division has gone viral
So I turn to You

copyright Francis Barker 2020

Haiku: Up For Grabs

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It’s all up for grabs
Let’s think the unthinkable
Question our beliefs?

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Haiku: Deal With It

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I don’t believe it
I never saw this coming
I will deal with it

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Haiku: Who Are You?

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What if we are wrong?
All things we believe are false?
So then who am I?

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Haiku: Truth and Fiction

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Unbelievable?
Discard all things which are false
What is left is truth

copyright Francis Barker 2020

Haiku: Messenger

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You won’t believe me
You will fly off the handle
I’m the messenger

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Haiku: Discernment

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Who can know the truth?
Use natural discernment
The chaff blows away

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Haiku: The Burning Question

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Will we ever learn –
watching all the world burning?
Did we start the fire?

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

Poem: The Empty Naves

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The voice and song remind me
of why I don’t come.
The words and the platitudes wash over me,
echo and reverberate around this sacred space,
crying for heaven
though never finding any home.
The bats are nearer but unaware
of their advantage,
leaving me staring high into this perpendicular sky.
Is this all that is left?
Listening to Betjeman and Vaughan Williams
to stir us up,
to remind us of what once was.
This is me and you coming here,
cultural appreciators
though never spiritual partakers
in a creed we can’t believe.
Give me the fire and brimstone,
a faith which disturbs me
into knowing I’m not already saved.
It is better than this – looking up in awe
into a world that is lost.

words and photographs copyright Francis Barker 2019