Tanka: Old Father Thames

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Poor Old Father Thames
The mudlarks uncovered him
on the cold foreshore
He has turned into old pipes
and porcelain bric-a-brac

copyright Francis Barker 2019

Tanka: Impermanence

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It is a slow fade
from bright lights and total care
to an uncaring dotage
We ride this uncertain wave
into the darkest twilight

copyright Francis Barker 2019

Tanka: Maps

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He pores over maps
joys in relief lines and lakes
the old village names
So much history compressed
Hidden gems to discover

copyright Francis Barker 2019

Tanka: Candle

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Candles flickering
betray the lonely spirit,
the room’s sudden chill.
How long the living will wait
to have their questions answered

copyright Francis Barker 2019

Tanka: Where is solace?

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This crazy island
in this ridiculous world
Where is solace?
Somewhere the news cannot reach
and opinions have no sway

copyright Francis Barker 2019

Tanka: The New Noah

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I’m building the ark
a bastion in my mind
that no one could breach,
my pure thought – the sent out dove –
in search of restoration

copyright Francis Barker 2019

Tanka: Mindless Walk

man walking on floor

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Out in the dank day
no one wants to speak to you.
Walk on forever.
A lonely metropolis
the snare of unwary souls

copyright Francis Barker 2019