Tanka: Marlowe’s End

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Officially dead
A strange mysterious end
Debts paid in Deptford
Your legacy is besmirched
Talents ever apparent

*427 years ago today the poet, dramatist and suspected intelligencer or spy, Christopher Marlowe, officially died in Deptford, east London.

copyright Francis Barker 2020

Haiku: Prague Culture

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Prague old square on a recent visit, a wonderful city.

Now this is culture
a legacy of substance
What shall survive us?

copyright Francis Barker 2019

Tanka: Bloom

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Flowers by themselves
bloom without trying or care
They are all in tune
To grow strong within nature
How else could we truly be?

copyright Francis Barker 2019