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

Haiku: The Journey

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Haiku: Having Faith

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When you know something
Protect it inside yourself
Have faith in the word

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Haibun: Truth and Belief

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I grew up with your image.
Now they say you don’t exist.
I walked in your footsteps,
it was all I needed.
I read your words
and they spoke to me
across centuries of time –
as if I was there.

Are you a figment?
Faith covers my ignorance
You speak to me still

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

Haiku: Going Inside

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I found him inside
In a still pool’s reflection
What I saw is me

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Haiku: Internal Space

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

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Haibun: It’s Up To You

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The tension is palpable.
We stand at the crossroads.
It is clear which road
we should take,
yet ultimately it’s our choice.
Let’s not pretend we don’t know
but don’t let me be the one who said:
“I told you so.”

Now at breaking point
Desperate actors go rogue
Pray deliverance

copyright Francis Barker 2020

Haibun: Keeping The Faith

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In the heat of battle
it’s easy to lose faith.
Give up, run away.
Watch something else,
bury your head in the sand
and pretend it isn’t real,
like a movie scaring you
which can be frozen any time.

It won’t go away
This hiatus must be faced
Remain in our faith

copyright Francis Barker 2020

Haibun: The Church of Unanswered Questions

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I walk around in reverence,
just another agnostic 
searching for truth,
an open door leading to the light
in a space devoid of people.

Once a little boy
Many unanswered questions
And he questions still

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Haiku: Up For Grabs

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It’s all up for grabs
Let’s think the unthinkable
Question our beliefs?

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Photograph: Saint Margaret’s Minster, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, England

Photograph by Francis Barker 2020