Haiku: The Light

Photo by franpics from Pexels

Wherever light shines

there will also be shadow –

Night is not endless

Copyright Francis 2021

Haiku: War’s Hollow Victory

losers and winners
Photo by Hasan Almasi

Haiku copyright Francis Barker 2020

Are there ever any real victors in conflict? When so many people die, who wins? The idea of war is even being projected into ‘space’ – a star war. War appears to be an endemic human condition. I dispute this. The lesson of war is to avoid it – period.

Poem ‘Underground’

Underground

By night the town paints clandestine shapes,
broach spires pierce a black arras
and decorated naves of Barnack rag
drape like sepia backcloths for ghosts
and revellers who may pass unaware
on equal terms, merely inches
yet centuries above charcoal rivers
channelled underground,
flushing silently till the night
draws out heat
and chatter of day

Streets swarm with strangers now,
unspeaking shadows in recesses
cupping whispers of gamy tongues,
smoking pipes like brittle bones
with fresh memories of tides
and the deep keeled boats
dragged up onto gravel headlands
by gangs of gruff rovers
and rippling Thracian soldiers
from legions awake to chance,
their unwrested sin

poem and image © copyright dfbarker 2012