‘The Silence’ — a poem

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The gentle rush of rain
breaks the silence,
soon joined by the cat lapping —
Then both are gone;
I watch the miles thick cloud
parading overhead,
dark autumn leviathans
shunting in from the west. Yes,
sometimes the silence gets to me,
it isn’t what I crave.
A silent mind is creative, some say,
then how is darkness a friend?

Copyright Francis Barker 2020a creator fond of poetry

Carnlough, Northern Ireland

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Haiku: Heat

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In oppressive heat
Each movement is difficult
Wishing for the storm

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Painting: Fenland Sunset

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Simple Signs of Spring 7

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Simple Signs of Spring

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Haiku: Good Days

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We wait for good days
Looking out of bleak windows
Life cannot be shelved

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Haiku: Acceptance

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Who’s scared of the wind?
There is nothing you can do
Bend and accept

copyright Francis Barker 2020

Nearly 17 Degrees Overnight Temperature in Scotland!

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In a time where we would appear to be experiencing ever more unusual weather and strange atmospheric phenomena, this story grabbed my attention more than others.

I have to confess I have never heard of the ‘foehn effect’, nor do I admit to understanding it having now digested the information, yet when temperatures in northern Scotland briefly reach nearly 17 degrees C overnight, it makes you pause over your morning coffee. And this at a time of year when the average overnight temperature is around freezing point.

My only ‘experience’ of such unusually warm winter weather was when I was a baby, according to my late mother.

Apparently, it was warm enough one dark January evening for her to sit by the riverside in her short sleeves whilst watching me in a pram. Even if such memories did distort the truth over time, I saw no reason to disbelieve her.

copyright Francis Barker 2019


Tanka: Weather

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The perfect morning
depends on how you see it
Cloud obscures the sun
the freak storm brings misery
Inside perfection still reigns

copyright Leofwine Tanner 2019

Haiku: Rain

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Waiting for the rain,
don’t go out there, just in case
Once outside, it rains

copyright Leofwine Tanner 2019

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