Haiku: ‘Now’

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Nightmares of the mind
This dystopian present
Awake souls cry ‘Now!’

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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

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‘Help!’ a poem

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If I cry out for help —
will you be there?
We can’t know the thoughts of billions
staring bleakly out of windows:
I can only speak for myself.
Watching the news wounds me,
a psychological stab to my heart,
yet still I follow it religiously:
The enemy is out there, silent,
unseen, invasive and surreptitious
in ways I can’t imagine.
So don’t let my cheery greeting
fool you: I’m scared to death
of what may come —
for they’re making death my sole

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

*Are we really living a dystopian nightmare?

an ordinary world — jdubqca (Reblog)

tanks rolling through town escorting a larger entourage little legs running right along keeping up with the pace robotic machines with long legs & long arms marching & singing ‘one two three four who are we fighting for’ everything’s been canceled the parade is all there is children singing ‘one two three four’ lighting snakes […]

an ordinary world — jdubqca

On This Day 1971: The Release of ‘A Clockwork Orange’

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This day in 1971 saw the US release of Stanley Kubrick’s film ‘A Clockwork Orange’ in New York.

The controversial film, based on Anthony Burgess’ book, starred Malcolm McDowell. It included much disturbing, dystopian imagery, employing scenes of violence and psychological drama, painting a non too positive portrait of a possible future Great Britain.

copyright Francis Barker 2019