Sunday, January 30, 2011

lives lived

have I 
not lived
in this 

that I 

Poem © 2011 by R. Burnett Baker 
Photo © 2011 by R. Burnett Baker

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Magpie Tales Photo Prompt 50: Up In The Air: Tell Me Where...

if it pleases

tell me where 
and I will go,
if it pleases 
my soul;

if my intuition,
for once, is not
restrained by 
idiomatic sensibilities.

Poem © 2011 by R. Burnett Baker 
Photo courtesy of Tess Kincaid, at Magpie Tales.

The Junk Store

the prop

you fix a gaze 
hard ahead,
fashion whore: 
tell me again

what part 
of you you wish 
me to see.  

"Don't know why I took the picture. 
Don't know what the poem means." - RB

Poem © 2011 by R. Burnett Baker 
Photo © 2011 by R. Burnett Baker 

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Magpie Tales Photo Prompt 49: A Really Short, Short Story.


Miss Lutz, Miss Axle, Miss Sal 
toe-looped too short and fell in the snow.

Friends in threes and triple the laughter 
in days of cold so long ago... 

Mini-Story © 2011 by R. Burnett Baker 
Old family photo from Tess Kincaid at Magpie Tales.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Magpie Tales Photo Prompt 48: A Cobwebbed Melody

your lyric

each note faded 
then scaled from
the page of our 
cobwebbed melody.

I tore myself 
from your lyric 
and you fell away

Poem © 2011 by R. Burnett Baker 
Photo courtesy of Tess Kincaid at Magpie Tales. 

Sunday, January 9, 2011

the French lesson

so how is 
Paris? the

French lessons 
must be serving 
you well - or 

serving you. 

and the 
Frenchmen? I 
doubt you have 
to close your eyes
grit your teeth
and try to 
get through it 

as you once 
described the 
thought of me 
you - oh

the romance
and art,
cafes - the 
boulangerie francaise - 

you must be 
beside yourself 
as you always 
are no matter 
who you're 
beside - pity

it's winter 
and frigid;
Eiffel Tower 
steel must stick 
to your tongue 
(rivets of 
frozen language 
in your heart) 

I hear 
they have 
cobblestone streets
or brick - careful 

to stumble: 

stone isn't 
as forgiving 
as I - not 

as hard as 
I wish to 

Poem ©2011 by R. Burnett Baker 
Early 20th century oil painting of Paris street scene by Jean Remy, personal collection of R. Baker.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Magpie Tales Photo Prompt 47: The Tao of Desire

sculpted desire 

from sculpted 
desire we cling to 
myriad windows - 

no wheel of 
transmigration - rather

life loops, the path, the 
dead ends, 

The Way. 

Poem ©2011 by R. Burnett Baker
Photo courtesy of Tess Kincaid, 2011. 

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

A Reaction To Karzai

I'm not usually given to writing poetry of political commentary.  This piece has been written to coincide with my essay today on Baker'sTake.  This poem doesn't necessarily take a stance on one side or the other. 

Perhaps it should. 


guilty fingers cast
(a reaction to Karzai)

guilty fingers cast skyward
begging for salvation 
while stabbing the Afghan sky 
in vulgar defiance.

the vanguard and vanquished
harvest fields of purple poppies,

the color of dried blood. 

Poem © 2011 by R. Burnett Baker 
Finger photo from CNN/, August, 2009. 
Poppy photo ©Beth Kingsley Hawkins.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Painting:  Oil on wood/size unspecified, 2007, by Eddie Tang, Seattle, Washington.  

Blue Norther

mountaintop snow 
quickens the river
of a Blue Norther's

colder than stilly
rigid frost. 

Poem © 2011 by R. Burnett Baker