Sunday, January 29, 2012

Magpie Tales Photo Prompt 102: Between Lines And Color


beneath the composite 
of your complications 

lies the deuced canvas 
of your fears. 

Red Spot II, 1921, Wassily Kandinsky

Poem © 2012 R. Burnett Baker
Photo prompt shared by Tess Kincaid

Friday, January 27, 2012

Turning Pages: When Nothing Else Mattered


expectations were unnecessary.
life's moment(s) gave all needs 
reason enough to be. 

days were colored black and white
of yesteryears, 
sherbet hues
of summers to come.  it was all 
that was required. 

Poem © 2012 R. Burnett Baker 
Photo of "LilRicky" by Ina Jean Stovall Garner, circa 1960.

Monday, January 23, 2012


dragon's wisdom 

not the 
dragon to fear, 
the myth of beast, 
but rather 

myth makers 
of men, 
north south 
west and east. 

Poem ©2011 R. Burnett Baker 
Images borrowed from Google Images

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Magpie Tales Photo Prompt 101: An Artist's Pose

From Boris Hoppek's Tokyo exhibit "Ever"


no one cares
why the sun rises 
above your 
consort bed. 

all that matters 
is you -  
the artist's muse, 
fringed in comfort, 
listening for a 
lover's footsteps 
fading distant early 

you - 
posed languid 
for this never-ending
sculpted ruse 
of night. 

Poem ©2012 R. Burnett Baker 
Photo courtesy of Tess Kincaid. 

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Legacy And Posterity

Photo: Self portrait by Walter Fisher


lift me from 
this page of
posterity and
sepia recollection; 

color the 
landscape of 
life with my 

the outlined 
essence of 
and past. 

Poem ©2012 R. Burnett Baker 
Photo ©2011 Walter Fisher 
Photo:  Self portrait taken by Walt Fisher in Quartzsite, Arizona, 2011. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Never Ending Quest

search for 

self destruction 
is our religion,
our past, our 

and hope 
be damned for 
control over all 
shadings of life 
real and contrived. 

we kill to preserve 
and preserve self-destruction
through every collective
action, except love: 

even then, 
what have we 
if flames light 
night skies, 
or smoke the 
bluest of days? 

but love? 

Poem ©2012 R. Burnett Baker
Photo ©2012 R. Burnett Baker 
Photo taken by R. Baker at Lake Buchanan, Texas, October 2011. 

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Magpie Tales Photo Prompt 100: An Ocean Of Faith?


religion I've discarded, 
the comprehension of which 
drowns my spirit. 

voices of supplication
to an unseen all-knowing 
require suspension of doubt: 

I cannot live in repressed fear
of the unknown, having heard
the clarion call of life 
and pleasure.

for now, my prayers 
are answered. 

Poem © 2012 R. Burnett Baker 
Photo: sculpture: Jason deCaires Taylor
Courtesy of Tess Kincaid

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Believe In Only What You Know

Photo from


when media create the news 
they, too, tell a story. 


Text ©2012 R. Burnett Baker 

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Magpie Tales 99: Of Kings And Empires

Photo by Lee Friedlander, courtesy of Tess Kincaid
Click image to embiggen

Kings and Empires 

As the banner unfurled, the
 image was of no consequence 
to Father Duffy.  

for him was reflected in the title. 

Text © 2012 R. Burnett Baker 

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Iowa And The GOP: Children Of The Corn. (Be Afraid. VERY Afraid)

Another quick break from poetry:

Now that Rick Santorum has had a strong showing in Iowa, I'm re-posting an opinion piece I wrote last June on my other blog, BakersTake™.  I still believe that this man is crazier than a s**thouse rat.  

Click on the title:

Where have all the leaders gone?? 


Monday, January 2, 2012

Magpie Tales 98: Imagined

River, Marina Moevs, 2005
Shared by Tess Kincaid

river you 

I imagined you 
a mirrored path,
distant past, 

and refused 
to ripple 
that facade, 
that glacial 

walls wait 
to rise, 
to be 

to shelter 

that which 
exists only 
in imagination. 

Poem © 2012 R. Burnett Baker