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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    
the revelers stop
to remember

©barbaraatayloroctober2012   


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


©barbaraataylorjune2012
the slaughter
in Syrian streets
continues

©barbaraataylorjune2012
progress in Tunisia
the torture department
is now abolished

©barbaraataylormay2012                                    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                      
our 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
the 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







en route to Vermont, 2007


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



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



                      female advancement making women  without the y

                                                               ©barbaraataylormay2008

                                                                                                              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



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our world wobbled
great waves swamped
swallowed shores in paradise

©barbaraataylordecember2004
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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




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