Prague City Centre, Czechia 2019

Photo copyright 2019

Prague, Czechia 2019

Photo copyright Francis Barker 2019

The Magical and Mysterious Number 7

Haiku: Lost Miracles

Photo by franpics from Pexels

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

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Haibun Poem: Amnesia

low angle photo of four high rise curtain wall buildings under white clouds and blue sky
Photo by Philipp Birmes on

We found cameras in the rubble
of abandoned buildings
and started shooting.
We lived in ways which never matched 
those plush surroundings,
demolished before our eyes
to make way for the steel and glass –
an inferior civilisation tethered in debt.

Tell me what is real
Our amnesia is profound
Wake up to the dream

copyright Francis Barker 2020

Haibun Poem: Inheritance

grey concrete stair inside building
Photo by Josh Hild on

History is a narrative,
tomes written by the victors,
stories bequeathed to us children
who merely play
among the cast offs of giants.

We inheritors
Our shacks around palaces
Digging in the dirt

copyright Francis Barker 2020

Haiku: End of Civilisations

woman standing on ruins of a building
Photo by Євгеній Симоненко on

The crumbling facades
Prior civilisations
We were not the first

copyright Francis Barker 2020

Photograph: North Entrance of Spalding Parish Church, Lincolnshire, England

Saint Mary and Saint Nicolas, Spalding. Photo by Francis Barker 2020

Haiku: Civilisation

nativity painting of people inside a dome
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The first city is unearthed
Let battle begin

copyright Francis Barker 2019