Poetry: ‘King Hobo’

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Narcissus can’t hold a candle
to me,
at once both King of Colorado —
entitled hobo of Nowhere.
Look there! That’s my face in the sky,
cacti and mesas my sole friends,
watching while I sift through the shards
of cultures few suspect.
Though none believe me now, riches
and the future are mine;
these silent silver craft
haunting me,
they’ll be all around you soon —
I am digging their past.

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

Close Encounters of the Alux Kind — The Unexpected Cosmology (Reblog)

I would reckon it was probably my third or fourth time running the circuit that I heard what I thought was a child laugh. After that I would hear either one or multiple children or people laugh quite frequently on my daily runs. We had been living in Guatemala for some time by that point…

Close Encounters of the Alux Kind — The Unexpected Cosmology

The Channel Islands & the Other Islands of the English Channel – Part 3 The Isles of Portland and Wight & the Iles Chausey — Revealing What Has Been Hidden in Front of Our Eyes (Reblog)

This is the last part of a three-part series on the islands of the English Channel. In the first-part of the series, I took a close look at the features and history of Alderney Island in the Channel Islands, which are British Crown Dependencies. In the second-part of the series, I looked at the same…

The Channel Islands & the Other Islands of the English Channel – Part 3 The Isles of Portland and Wight & the Iles Chausey — Revealing What Has Been Hidden in Front of Our Eyes

Haiku: Eye of Truth

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Haiku copyright Francis Barker 2020

The idea of karma is probably as old as human civilisation. There must surely be consequences for all our actions, good and bad. But who is the judge?

Word of Mouth Marketing: One Easy (and Free!) Way to Support the Library — Pages Unbound | Book Reviews & Discussions (Reblog)

We are big supporters of public libraries here at Pages Unbound and we have previously suggested easy and free ways for our readers to support their own public libraries. However, one way we have not previously mentioned specifically draws upon the unique skill set of of book bloggers: word of mouth marketing. Word of mouth […]

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*** Great article. Books have built our civilisation, they should be cherished along with our libraries.

Haiku: Philosopher’s Stone

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Pyramids on fire
Secrets hidden underground
Exotic matter

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

Prague City Centre, Czechia 2019

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Prague, Czechia 2019

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The Magical and Mysterious Number 7

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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

Haibun Poem: Amnesia

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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