Haibun: The Long Game

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The silence is deafening,
tension taught as the tightest string.
We face not armies
but a hidden host
against whom we play
the game of our lives.

Who is first to blink?
Chequerboard duality
Playing the long game

copyright Francis Barker 2020

Haiku: The Great War 1914-18

active ash cloud ashes blaze
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The light infantry
They would be back by Christmas
No one said which year

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Haibun: Blind

man and woman bind to each other
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The middle man confuses,
removes us from reality,
the nature of the enemy.
The chaos of this world
mimics the frenzy of our minds,
the history buried deep,
the forgotten glory of the past
which we cannot see.

What really happened
Annihilation more than once
Save us from this fate

copyright Francis Barker 2020