Royal Leo – The Centre of Attention

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Leo is the fifth sign of the zodiac, its ruler is the sun. Leo cannot help but be regal and is therefore associated with royal families, royalty in general, as well as celebrity.

With the sun being ruler of Leo, this sign likes to shine, be the centre of attention just like the sun itself.

But if you think Leo is at all overbearing, just remember how generous he or she can be too. After all, Leo is the sign of ‘love, luck and life’. It’s about experience, enjoyment, taking part. Sport! And the fun of children.

Most especially Leo loves to enjoy – and we could all do with enjoyment right now.

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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

Poem: ‘Dance of Life’

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Don’t hold out a torch
for me, I am not free of blame. This

is the dance of life where all are
culpable, soon to be drowned in

washes, the mangling gears
of pain. But who knows, these maelstroms

might be wormholes, revealing other
worlds and tableaux of night; dressings

of props across cold stone walls, taken
and rebuilt from dishevelled remains.

And where bards once played on stages,
hidden behind arras stitchings

and nom de plumes, we are all still
mere punters in pits macabre, holding

torches for celebrity – look at them, drunk,
high up with their gods of gold

© poem copyright David F. Barker 2013