Tanka: 21st Century Hamlets


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I have had enough
the enemy is with me
sitting on my hands
All of us living Hamlets 
Damned which ever way we turn

copyright Francis Barker 2019


Tanka: Bloom

woman showing her purple lipstick

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Flowers by themselves
bloom without trying or care
They are all in tune
To grow strong within nature
How else could we truly be?

copyright Francis Barker 2019

Tanka: Father

baby child father fingers

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Though I’ve doubted you
you have been patient with me
I sense the small voice
the calm disguising your care
We are steps along the way

copyright Francis Barker 2019

Haiku: Final Victory


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They’re still going down
Our house is put in order
Vigilance observed

copyright Francis Barker 2019

Tanka: Questions

choices decision doors doorway

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Why was I born now?
Mere chance or is it my fate?
Unanswered questions
A pristine hall of closed doors
Reveal the unbending road

copyright Francis Barker 2019

Tanka: The Best Time

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It was the best time
Endless summers before school
just mum, cat and me
Our art of simply being
beat the toil of becoming

copyright Francis Barker 2019

Tanka: Between the Lines


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Enough is enough
I have a mind of my own
How it could have been
We may never know the truth
hidden between bloody lines

copyright Francis Barker 2019