populism

gravatational waves

of alternative facts

©barbaraataylorjanuary2017


                    

women raise their voices                                       

from overflowing crowds                   

keep off our bodies 

©barbaraataylorjanuary2017

tragic news

of the Granville disaster

forty years ago…

remembering my prayers

on the temple steps

 

©barbaraataylorjanuary2017

tall poppy syndrome 

even Wonder Woman

gets fired!

 

©barbaraataylordecember2016

           


deplorable news
that nasty man comes
up trumps


©barbaraataylornovember2016



on her way

strong women never

give up


©barbaraataylorjuly2016



Solidarity  

the world’s icons bathed

in rainbow colours…

forget your prayers

STOP the guns

©barbaraataylorjune2016



fireworks frame the towering inferno

©barbaraataylorjanuary2016




bitter winds

a child's tears

in icy waters


©barbaraataylorseptember2015




 8.15 am                                  

sounds of a peace bell

at Hiroshima

 

©barbaraatayloraugust2015

tourists complain
they're stranded in paradise...
volcanic ash

©barbaraataylorjuly2015


rainbows forever
in Dublin's fair city...
equality for all

©barbaraataylorjune2015


snow mountains rumble
all the prayer flags
demolished

©barbaraataylormay2015


Anzac Day
lest we forget
the senselessness
of any war

©barbaraataylorapril2015



Je suis Charlie

the Eiffel tower plunged

into darkness

 

©barbaraataylorjanuary2015

Charlie's angels
couldn't save freedom
of expression

©barbaraataylorjanuary 2015



relentless rains
carollers and farmers
rejoice!

©barbaraataylordecember2014

mistrust, distrust…

arms stretched high

above theier heads

©barbaraataylordecember2014


just temporary
blue skies delight for
the leaders' bubble

©barbaraataylornovember2014


on the horizon
a blood red orb
slowly rises

©barbaraataylorfebruary2014

year of the horse
greetings from
an old nag

©barbaraataylorfebruary2014


new moon new year new hopes
©barbaraataylorjanuary2014


emancipation
the long road to
freedom

©barbaraataylordecember2013


chemical warfare
on the road to Damascus...
miracles wanted

©barbaraatayloraugust2013



married bliss
 only this side
of the border

©barbaraataylor2013


dog days
mesmerized by the hum
of  the ceiling fan

©barbaraataylor2013



the peace dove's coos
in sync
with my breathing

©barbaraataylor2012



her cold cheeks   
pink as sparkling paddy fields
at Fujisan's foot

©barbaraataylor2012
(Special Recognition, 2012 Fujisan Haiku)

summer rains          
pulling off one fat leech
after another

(first published Muse India (No.37, May-Jun 2011) at www.museindia.com)


asleep
hugging her teddybear
yet bombs still fall

©barbaraataylorJanuary2013
                                                       

       adored teddy bears          
on tiny white coffins
at the funeral

©barbaraataylordecember2012

my beautiful moon
what schmuck would dare think
to blow you up?!

©barbaraataylordecember2012




a sigh of relief
big bird takes off
back to the same

©barbaraataylornovember2012
first published New Verse News

                                                       
                                                         
on the nose
disappointment
at the races  

©barbaraataylornovember2012

a cup of joe
and a donut
for your vote

©barbaraataylornovember2012

frankenstorm
swells, surges,
under the boardwalk

©barbaraatayloroctober2012



from the edge
a fearless sonic dive
breaks all records

©barbaraatayloroctober2012


 where Paddy's Bar was    
new revelers stop
to remember

©barbaraatayloroctober2012    


 
but for that dingo
she would now be
age thirty-two


©barbaraataylorjune2012


 slaughter
in Syrian streets
continues

©barbaraataylorjune2012




white foam bubbles
trailed by a large shadow
in bloody waters

©barbaraataylorjanuary2012


new beginnings
a spinning rainbow
on the harbour bridge

©barbaraataylorjanuary2012


the Silly Season   
cricket, cricket
and crickets

©barbaraataylordecember2011






at day's end       
the art of stillness
and deep rest

©barbaraataylormarch2011

how dapper
that buffoon who walks
away

©barbaraataylornovember2011



workers' rights...
the flying kangaroo
is grounded

©barbaraatayloroctober2011



wolf, monkey, bear
playing on the banks
of the Ohio

©barbaraatayloroctober2011

ten years on
still, poppies take over
the valley

©barbaraatayloroctober2011

Aunty Sam
over the moon
with the US open!

©barbaraataylorseptember2011


ripples in the pool
three thousand souls speak
but no-one hears

©barbaraataylorseptember2011


summer storm
the martyrs' square
turns green

©barbaraatayloraugust2011



polar fleece nights           
it's brass monkey time
in the granite belt

©barbaraataylorjuly2011

RED$!
RED$!
RED$!

©barbaraatayloraugust2011

Hurrah! the return
of Happy Feet
to the Pole

©barbaraatayloraugust2011


freer now
there's no more
news of the world

©barbaraataylorjuly2011


tornado season         
… home after home
become pancakes

©barbaraataylorjune2011

Obama seeks out
an apostrophe
in shamrock lands

©barbaraataylormay2011


defended by his wife
the purveyor of hate
is slain

©barbaraataylormay2011



onto rich red soil
hibiscus petals fall
on a loyal friend

©barbaraataylor2011

Friday jitters                     
earth wobbles

on a rocky road

©barbaraataylormarch2011

100 years on
for women still
a looooooooooong way to go

©barbaraataylormarch82011- IWD 2011


heading for the stars
Discovery's final journey
takes off

©barbaraataylorfebruary2011


crumbling earth
pancaked buildings

obliterate bodies

©barbaraataylorfebruary2011                         

what does the Sphinx
say about the
facebook revolution?

©barbaraataylorfebruary2011

       

meow, yur honur
poor pussy is told
she's out of order

©barbaraataylorjanuary2011



                                                   
a tinny
tied to its pontoon
smashes the bridge

©barbaraataylorjanuary2011



a city sinks
into swollen brown waters
summer rains

©barbaraataylorjanuary2011

Kitty Hawk
hits the bottom
of a cold sea

©barbaraataylorjanuary2011


smoker’s plan
preparing for cessation
ruled by the moon...
only once more full before
the year of the rabbit!

©barbaraataylordecember2010
first published in Eucalypt e-challenge #9 Year of the Rabbit


Rejoice! Rejoice!
Chinese New Year
the mining forecast
a very good year
for metal bunnies

©barbaraataylordecember2010
first published in Eucalypt e-challenge #9 Year of the Rabbit’


tinny leaks
Tasho's drips splash
onto the tiles

©barbaraataylordecember2010


human rights...
his empty chair
says it all

©barbaraataylordecember2010

four upturned legs        
caught between rocks
in the swollen river

©barbaraataylordecember2010

koalas beware
Oprah and her tribe
invade downunder

©barbaraataylordecember2010


imagine...   
it's 30 years
still no peace

©barbaraataylordecember2010


World Aids Day...
orphans raise the flag
outside the township

©barbaraataylor2010

waning moon     
all hopes dashed
at Pike River

©barbaraataylor2010

the celtic tiger
can only purr
in the corner

©barbaraataylor2010



free at last
but can she speak
her mind?

©barbaraataylor2010

left heaving
ash-covered oxen
under Merapi

©barbaraataylor2010

tideswell
between palm branches
a splintered surfboard

©barbaraataylor2010


sixty nine days down…
now fresh Chilean air
restores faith

©barbaraataylor2010


the principal says
a kookaburra's life
cannot be gay!

©barbaraataylor2010
http://www.latimes.com/features/odd-news/la-odd-kookaburra,0,4133687.story




democratic sin         
aggrieved pollie advises
make a blank vote

©barbaraatayloraugust2010


                                                                             operation freedom? -   
                                                                         after seven deadly years
                                                                              the US exits death

                                                                                 ©barbaraatayloraugust2010




coming to life
in gold treasures     
the dark ages

©barbaraataylor2010             
  
    
Die! in Zimbabwe
or die in ZA...
what choice?

barbaraataylorjuly2010



Out!
damned spies...
a new cold war

©barbaraataylorjuly2010

under fire
between the street stalls
crushed red shirts

©barbaraataylormay2010



a new home
Little Orphan Annie
goes digital    
                      
©barbaraataylormay2010



absolution
der Rottweiler condemns
sexual abuse

©barbaraataylormay2010


the difference
between b and m
is a slump!

©barbaraataylormay2010


in marsh lands
a slippery sludge
sheens on wings

©barbaraataylormayl2010


our on-line affair  
zapped
by a storm

©barbaraataylorfebruary2010
first published Sketchbook Valentinethread 2010



 
Obama Say:

"...been there, done that..."
hallelujah! the moon saved
from golden arches

©barbaraataylorapril2010

instead
let's go
to mars!

©barbaraataylordecember2014




heritage-protected
the leprechauns smile...
toadstools for all

©barbaraataylormarch2010


under concrete slabs
a wriggling finger
offers hope

©barbaraataylormarch2010


sorry tiger
licks his
wounds

©barbaraataylorfebruary2010


after 27 years
Mandela's first steps               
freedom at last…
two decades later
the townships' struggles live on

©barbaraataylorfebruary2010

                    

over the valley
the kookaburra calls
new year greetings

©barbaraataylorjanuary2010




climate change
number one
on the agenda

©barbaraataylordecember2009


in limbo
the Oceanic Viking
on rocky waves

©barbaraataylornovember2009

red dust
swallows the sky -
spring equinox

 ©barbaraataylorseptember2009

liberation -
emancipated women
 in bloomers

©barbaraatayloraugust2009

bloody riots
freedom of speech
on Teheran's streets

 ©barbaraataylorjune2009



twenty years on
Tiananmen heroes
not forgotten

©barbaraataylorjune2009


                                                               hibernation a coiled python chills out

                                                                                    ©barbaraataylormay2009

columbine
ten years on
what did you learn?

©barbaraataylorapril2009




                                                   in disgrace
                                                   he madoff
                                                   to jail

                                                 ©barbaraataylormarch2009



to Geraldine …
her poetic voice
is still heard

©barbaraataylorfebruary2009



creationists
don't recognise
his birthday

©barbaraataylorfebruary2009

red orb rising-        
sweet scents of frangipani
through the smoky air       
a warning
it's too late to depart

©barbaraatayloraugust2007


 hugs all round
finding neighbours
alive

©barbaraataylorfebruary2009

Australia Day
On the Chinese New Year
Fireworks
Welcome to new migrants
Becoming Dinky Di

©barbaraataylorjanuary262009

must be
his Irish ancestry
O'bama's sworn in twice
to be sure
to be sure

©barbaraataylorjanuary2009


                             on King's platform
                                in Lincoln's steps
                                   Obama recalls dreams

                                 ©barbaraataylorjanuary2009



                                                                “It's not my fault”         
                                                                 ducking for cover
                                                                 the dodgy bush               
                                                                 a living legend
                                                                 leaves in disgrace
                                                     
                                                                 ©barbaraataylordecember2009




ready with her axe
as strong as an ox
thanks to vitamins

©barbaraataylordecember2008




90 years on
9 million dead soldiers
we remember them
the scarlet poppies still grow
the battlefields continue

©barbaraataylornovember2008



sharing the sun
my longest
your shortest

©barbaraataylordecember2008
first published IHT Asahi Shimbun Haikuist Asahi Network, 2009



in zimbabwe
                                           only grave-diggers 
                                                                                        have jobs

                                                                                                                        ©barbaraataylordecember2008
                                                                                  first published Moonset Literary Newspaper       spring/summer 2009





a decade of excess
by greedy bankers
c for collapse

©barbaraataylordecember2008

transformation
change has come
to america!

©barbaraataylornovember2008

take chances
in swinging states
be proud

©barbaraataylornovember2008

socializing losses
toxic corporate debts
for Main Street

©barbaraataylorseptember2008

the ninth lunar month
sighting the crescent moon
fast from dawn to dusk...
now, quieter celebrations
forty less bombings


©barbaraataylorseptember2008


vote for me
Mugabe's final offer,
or starve

©barbaraataylorjune2008


Go, Jiang Xiaojuan!
her village devastated
breastfeeds nine babies
this madonna of China
Mother of the Year


©barbaraataylormay2008


kids stolen at night
turned into slaves
or killing machines


©barbaraataylormay2008


in paddy fields
the splintered hulls
of capsized boats

©barbaraataylormay2008




made in China                                                                        carbon offsets               
the Snow Lion flag                                                                 increasing emissions       
banned in China                                                                     trading agronomy 
                                                                                                     
©barbaraataylorapril2008                                                                                   ©barbaraataylorapril2008

this six-ring circus
a journey of harmony
behind steel fences

©barbaraataylorapril2008

blessed be!
a million dollars per day
the rottweiler's trip

©barbaraataylorapril2008


shock and awe
still counting the dead
five years on

©barbaraataylormarch2008


outside the temple
                                          stinging eyes                                          
Tibet

©barbaraataylormarch2008



healing
in a message stick
of sorry

Sorry Day,  Australia, 13 February 2008





untouchables
becoming human
after conversion                                    

©barbaraataylormay2007

no energy left
to light up our world--
the tipping point

©barbaraataylorjuly2007
                                






Five years on
Frightened World
Lamentations

Lamentations
Five Years On
Frightened World

  September 11 2006                                                                               




                                                  white flags wave
                                         a choice is made
                               my mother or my child?

                                    ©barbaraatayloruly2006




RU486
life giving
taking for some

©barbaraataylor2006


woman on top-                                
tall poppies   
                      falling

©barbaraataylor2005
first published Folly 2006


slippery
footseteps
seeking snow shelter

©barbaraataylorjanuary2006





K A T R I N A
29 August 2005

Kill to have fresh water, food
Abandoned like rats in a sinking ship
Tricked into moving to more danger
Rescued six disastrous days later
Interred by bursting dikes
Nature is the greatest force
America cannot control

~~~

©barbaraataylorseptember2005



~~~~~
   ~~~~~~~
      ~~~~~~~~~

our world wobbled
great waves swamped
swallowed shores in paradise

©barbaraataylordecember2004
~~~~~~~~~~  ~~~~~~   ~~~~`~~~~~~~~  ~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
  ~~~~   ~~~~~   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~
~~~  ~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~
Lines of Constant Pressure

Restless
   Isobars
      Tell
           All

~ ~~ ~ ~~
©barbaraataylorseptember2005




Downtown Darfur      

Overburdened
Bony stallion collapses
Weighted down, wasted
Fleeing refugees go back
Give him a proper burial

©barbaraataylorjanuary2005

trains of death
in foggy nights
let not the past
become the future

©barbaraataylorjanuary2005