Haiku: Stilling the Mind

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The truth lies within
Still minds see everything
It’s all in the breath

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

Haibun: Bodhisattva II

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Tell me about your life,
the one hidden from view.
Odysseus has nothing on you,
your veiled celebrity
and inheritance of justice.

For all of our sakes
This is for humanity
Not every one

copyright Francis Barker 2020

Haibun: Bodhisattva


I follow you,
my Buddha in the being,
born to fame and luxury,
subject to loss and tragedy.
You lead a life of example,
of peace and patience.

I judge you by what is done,
not by what you say,
though such few words
have meaning

Better a good man
Rather than one who is great
I can follow you

copyright Francis Barker 2020