Tanka: Prison

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They came in the night
Nobody saw or heard them
Our world stripped away
There were signs which we ignored
Putting a price on freedom

Copyright Francis 2022


Life of Noir 2020

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I am tired of this life
of noir

the greyness of sealskin
pulled taught over my face

this indoor sterility staring
through smeared glass

So go on, batter me flat
O wind and rain

I’ll live out visceral dreams
before plagues of locusts

blot out this pretending sky

Copyright Francis Barker 2020