Tanka: ‘Dark Times’

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Tanka: Under the Sun

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Crises sharpen minds:
Escaping to the country
Starting a new life
We must reclaim who we are
Our freedom under the sun

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Tanka: Acknowledging the Creator

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We have lost so much
Thrown out goodness and the light
Now chaos pervades
Yet light and peace will return:
Acknowledge the creator

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Tanka: Mad Situation

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Did I ask for this?
Who’s forcing it upon me?
I say take it down
I will refuse to kowtow
My life is always my own

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Tanka: Manifesto

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No left and no right
I exist at the centre
My family first
My community second
Building blocks of the nations

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Tanka: Your Choice

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You see division
Whereas I see unity
In this together
Each of us must make a choice
Love always wins in the end

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Tanka: Destiny

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Aquarius down
Defining point of our lives
This is the threshold
Were we all born to see this?
Witnesses to destiny

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Tanka: Lockdown Silver Lining

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Not a cloud in sight
Small mercies worth waiting for
We need so little
The treasures endlessly sought
We have found them here at home

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Tanka: Debate

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Debate was once good
Taking sides, we argued points
Then we would shake hands
Now it’s vicious and puerile
From our digital bunkers

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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.

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Tanka: UFOs

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UFOs are real?
Then what is their origin?
That is the question
Multidimensional realms
They are closer than we think

copyright Francis Barker 2020