Haiku: Perennial War

war battle middlage

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Let battle commence
The seed of all conflict
Hate of the ages

copyright Francis Barker 2019


Tanka: Sacrifice

army burial cemetery cross

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On a day like this
you lay down your life for me
Our long betrayal
It’s brother against brother
True freedom cannot be bought

copyright Francis Barker 2019


Haiku: Lives on Mars

brown and black crater

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If we go to Mars
we’ll take our poison with us
Hail the god of war

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Haiku: Civilisation

nativity painting of people inside a dome

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The first city is unearthed
Let battle begin

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Poem: Memory


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When you told me the story
I could see the fire in your eyes.
How do you live with those memories?
How do you push all that
to the back of your mind
and move to another land
where you’re hated and vilified
simply for being who you are,
by people who have no idea
of what happened to you,
to your family who you left behind –
dead in the city which was once your home

copyright Francis Barker 2019

Haiku: Masque

selective focus photography of white mask on brown table

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The earth is a realm
a stage for our passion play
These masques of conflict

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Poem: This Side of Domesday


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He dwells here in the rafters, they say,
among the bees nests and wood rot,
shifting like some spirit of the night
when modern lights switch on.
From Normandy he came
with looters and carpetbaggers,
led through England’s porous gates
to plunder and destroy,
to establish his lascivious life.
The only gates open now,
beyond haunting this crumbling pile,
are the fires of flaming hell.

copyright Francis Barker 2019