Deafening Mime

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The mime artist confronts me,
lithe and contorting,
nuancing as best she can
with her eyes.
Masked and distanced,
her gestures rage out loud
and proud,
yet I do not understand,
I can’t even take her hand
to console, to reassure;
so now she’s rubbing her eyes
with feigned clenched fists
but the sorrow doesn’t translate;
such sobbing falls on deaf ears,
yet it screams to my soul:
She’s in her world, I’m in mine,
dimensions apart,
both of us born again infants
deprived of facial cues.

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

*dVerse: Let your words ring out. I taken a ‘left field’ approach.

Haiku: ‘Believing, Not Seeing’

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I saw and believed
I heard the word and was saved
It was the wrong guy

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

Haiku: ‘Bitter Sweet’

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Cool mists are lurking
Bitter sweet sights of decay
Stillness of the lake

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

Haiku: ‘Winter Coming’

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Haiku: ‘Perspectives on Rain’

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Rain seals the darkness
Roosting birds watch silently
Humans mourn the day

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

Haiku: ‘Intimacy’

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Closer than we know
Describing our true nature
Contemplate the stars

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

Haiku: ‘Change in the Season’

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Changing atmosphere
Brisker more meaningful walks
Death begets new life

Copyright Francis Barker 2020


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A consumed moon’s meagre light;
I pause, mourning this grey life.
Let me look at you —
ear lobes like pearls from tissue,
the emollient pallor of your royal flesh.
My finger probes your lips
as an owl hoots its presence:
I imagine your soul,
the skulls of saints

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

dVerse Poetics: The charms of Samuel Greenberg

Haiku: ‘Abundance’

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So we are mere dust
And to dust we all return
Contemplate the weeds

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

*See this week’s theme: Dust & Weed. “Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 328 DUST & Weed”

Haiku: ‘Feeling Feline’

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Once young and alert
Outside, where you loved to be
Now inside with me

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

Haiku: ‘Letting Go’

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Water through my hands
Fresh running streams of my heart
I am letting go

Copyright Francis Barker 2020