Critter Close Ups~ — (Reblog)

Curious Vervet Kruger National Park. South African zebra Poses for her portrait. Happy ostrich is ready for a close up, while artfully made up Ms. Giraffe puts on the glam. Barbary Ape in Gibraltar looks ready for a serious conservation. Magellanic penguin stares me down in Ushuaia, Argentina. California Channel Island Fox poses quite smartly, […]

Critter Close Ups~ —

Elephants Facing East — Meditations in Motion (Reblog)

Photo by Harvey Sapir on Pexels.com My mother was a superstitious person. She clapped for luck when she saw white horses, threw a pinch of spilled salt over her shoulder to prevent catastrophe, and had a collection of carved elephants forever facing East. Several years ago, while visiting my son and daughter-in-law, who shared my […]

Elephants Facing East — Meditations in Motion

Poem ‘Until the End of the World’ (work in progress)

© copyright dfbarker2011

Until the End of the World

He walked with me
some of the way

Through the dark woods
he became a bright torch
to illuminate overgrown paths
where leaves of oak and ash
caressed my face like friends

On the high moorland
he was the warm fleece
which I wrapped around myself
to shelter from the cold and rain

And when we sat down
in the clearing by a stream
he produced this feast of food
which I shared with a host of birds
and others sitting tamely at my feet

But when he stood up to go
his skin turned a deathly white
I watched helpless
while he vanished silently
into a bank of willow and alder
swallowed by the rush
of the now turbulent stream
The animals all scampered away
to peer at me from somewhere
unseen in the shadows

I began to trudge home
shivering on the high moorland
drenched to the skin
with only hardy sheep for company
who eyed me warily
when I staggered by

Once back in the dark woods
I soon became lost
the stinging branches whipping me
and thorns piercing my flesh
while groping my way through

In my bag I found the old torch
with its flickering light
I hit it against a tree
trying to make it work –
my only recourse
in such a state of loss

*dedicated to all those who have found faith

© copyright David Francis Barker 2011

*image is a digital manipulation an original