Tanka: Rain Cat

person holding kitten
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When it starts to rain
I am reminded of you
soaked on windowsills
You’d love to go out in rain
Now the wet garden’s empty

copyright Francis Barker 2019

Tanka: Cat

adorable angry animal animal portrait
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The cat owns nothing
he’s the solitary one
who owns all of you
The Egyptians worshipped him
the silent watcher of souls

copyright Francis Barker 2019

Poem ‘Flux’

The window is

just enough to
let in some air, to

tantalise the cat
hooked by

night’s soft invitation.
Something outside

is burning, hangs
in the yielding light, though

I’ve never
seen those crimson clouds

to dusky pink

and then to grey.
It’s a flux which

eludes me
every time.

Magic, you might say,
like being in space,

and now

© copyright David F. Barker 2012