Haiku: ‘Red’

Emphatic red blooms
Symbols of slaughter and hope
So never again

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

Poem: A Still Life of Gerberas

red withering rose at daytime
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The gerberas you were given
had all wilted within two days.

The thought that counted
didn’t linger beyond its significance,

save to remind you to move on,
that old things are thrown away

copyright Francis Barker 2020

from an up and coming collection