Hello! It’s my birthday today, and I’m super grateful to spend it in what is for me the most beautiful city in Europe 🙂 It has truly been a hectic year, and it’s just wild that I’ve ended up here in Copenhagen – I had no idea where I would be this time on my […]The most amazing sunset in the city — Life in Copenhagen
To this day I don’t know for sure
who you were.
You sounded American
and dressed like a Californian,
or that’s how it seemed
to my parochial mind.
I wasn’t used to your friendliness,
being spoken to so kindly
by a complete stranger,
but then, that was the thing —
I felt I knew you.
Why didn’t I ask your name?
The event had brought us together.
Now we waited for the train
to take us back through Cumbria’s
rounded hills, always threatened by rain.
And true to form, despite it being July,
we found ourselves sheltering
in a little cafe, sipping bad coffee
made more palatable with cream.
That’s where I saw you surfing
in my mind’s eye,
feeling that smelting sun sink
beyond an ocean of glass.
We had just enough time
to assess our few days
in the company of a Buddha.
At least that’s what we said, if I recall,
and that we, too, might be Bodhisattvas!
And who’s to say we weren’t right?
Even now, when I play that album,
I keep looking at the picture
of the kind-looking man, all smiles,
with the sweet and beaten guitar.
He still looks an awful lot like you
poem and image © copyright df barker 2012
The weaker sun burns low
over stilled marsh and scrape.
Straight-cut dykes glow like
hot metal fissures through indigo.
Heavy boots crunch on ghosted grass,
breaking threats of enveloping silence.
By a glistening gate I pause, to gaze,
the pristine kiss of rime stiffens my hand.
The lone motion is my breath, brief clouds
vanishing in vasty air, to which I am inured.
A bleeding horizon yields dwarfed
silhouettes feigning heat, random skeletal
trees and pylons merely punctuate
before a distant church stump.
A sudden snipe breaks his cover,
rasping furiously over my head,
where I catch fleet Mercury gleaming
bright through icy blue.
© copyright David Francis Barker 2011
* Taken from poetry collection ‘Anonymous Lines’, which can be found here: http://liten.be//nr7n9
** The illustration is from a current painting by the poet/artist, showing the marshland at winter sunset near Boston in Lincolnshire, England.