Runaway (Poem)

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Footprints along the strand
stretching off to nowhere

A beach all my own
save for curious gulls

eyeing from Hesperides’ skies.
Kernow was never so lush

or windswept; are they bells
pealing on the breeze, like

lost Lyonesse beckoning
to this broken soul?

Maybe heartless time is melting,
melding; I run and run

into the gelid ocean, the two
once twain — now consumed

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

Haiku: ‘Open Door’

The door is open
Silence enveloping us
Enlightened moments

*Inspirational haiku and image digital download on Etsy.

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The Holiday Season is Over, but Autumn is Here

Some selected photographs from Ayscoughfee Hall in Spalding, Lincolnshire.

All photographs copyright Francis Barker 2020.

Poem: ‘Green Shoots’

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Poem: ‘Delivery’

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You see the old lady over there?
The one in the blue mask
heading for the church.
She delivered me, though
no, she’s got no idea who I am.
I see her quite often
alone having coffee,
a bagel and jam.
Many times
I’ve thought of saying hi,
but what do I say?
“You may not know me
but you brought me into this world.”
So I guess I’ll leave her again,
to struggle with handbag and stick
towards her cleansing nave,
while I wrestle with my faith

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

Prague, Czechia 2019

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Photograph: Louth, Lincolnshire

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Haiku: All Things

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I can do all things
I can do all things through Christ
He will strengthen me

*Inspired by Philippians 4:13

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

Haiku: Internal Space

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This space is massive
It will fill your mind with awe
Forgotten glory

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Haiku: Lost Miracles

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The past miracles
A lost world misunderstood
Where are we going?

copyright Francis Barker 2020

Haiku: Renaissance Now

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Who has the skill now?
Past mastery forgotten
A just renaissance

copyright Francis Barker 2020