Tanka: Coincidences

abandoned alone blond building
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It’s all gone backwards
Health, justice, education,
freedom and our faith
They have all been compromised
but it’s mere coincidence

copyright Francis Barker 2020


Tanka: Old Father Thames

buildings near body of water
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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

black and white photo of people standing by the door
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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