Fraiku: 90 seconds to Midnight

We dodged the nuclear bullet
only to devise a slow extinction by climate
then got bored when that took too long

About Bartholomew Barker

Bartholomew Barker is one of the organizers of Living Poetry, a collection of poets and poetry lovers in the Triangle region of North Carolina. Born and raised in Ohio, studied in Chicago, he worked in Connecticut for nearly twenty years before moving to Hillsborough where he makes money as a computer programmer to fund his poetry habit.
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26 Responses to Fraiku: 90 seconds to Midnight

  1. Nailed it! Oops I shot a blank. Sorry!

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  2. JeanMarie says:

    Ha, yeah! I mean, when you put it like that what else is there to say?

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  3. jai says:

    People get bored too easily nowadays. I guess that’s why they’re so many with nothing better to do than stir s#*t up.

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  4. Cassa Bassa says:

    I wonder we even truly know what we want.

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  5. berniebell1955 says:

    Bartholomew – you are a feckin’ marvel.

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    • You flatter me, Bernie. Thank you.


      • berniebell1955 says:

        Oh no I don’t! I don’t flatter anyone – and dislike flatterers.

        When I think something is good, I say so – if I think something is exceptional, I say so.

        Folk often thank me for my ‘kind words’ and I point out that I’m not being kind – I’m saying what I believe to be so. For me, being kind is when I resist the temptation to say what I think as it could be hurtful and to no purpose.

        So, no Bart – not flattering – my response to that Fraiku was to show it to Mike and say ‘Bart’s done it again – few words – much meaning’. That’s exactly it- we just about dodged nuclear war in the 60’s – forged ahead with wrecking the climate – made a fuss about it – but now – people are losing interest, as they lose interest in everything – especially when the media choses to let it slip from the news.

        One word…GGGGRRRRR

        By the by – that’s another one going in m’blog – tomorrow.

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  6. If you look for death, you will find it. If you obsess over the apocalypse, you will get it. Why can’t humans just live their lives and be happy?

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    • I guess because enough humans are greedy and won’t leave the rest of us alone.

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    • berniebell1955 says:

      Maybe I should keep out of this, as it’s not my discussion – but – to quote Maxi Jazz – ‘In-action is a weapon of mass destruction’.

      If you can ‘just live your life and be happy’ – you are fortunate.

      The following are the realities of life for many people…….

      Eve of Destruction

      Barry McGuire

      “The eastern world, it is explodin’,
      Violence flarin’, bullets loadin’,
      You’re old enough to kill but not for votin’,
      You don’t believe in war, but what’s that gun you’re totin’,
      And even the Jordan river has bodies floatin’,
      But you tell me over and over and over again my friend,
      Ah, you don’t believe we’re on the eve of destruction.

      Don’t you understand, what I’m trying to say?
      And can’t you feel the fears I’m feeling today?
      If the button is pushed, there’s no running away,
      There’ll be no one to save with the world in a grave,
      Take a look around you, boy, it’s bound to scare you, boy,
      And you tell me over and over and over again my friend,
      Ah, you don’t believe we’re on the eve of destruction.

      I’m sittin’ here, just contemplatin’,
      I can’t twist the truth, it knows no regulation,
      Handful of Senators don’t pass legislation,
      And marches alone can’t bring integration,
      When human respect is disintegratin’,
      This whole crazy world is just too frustratin’,
      And you tell me over and over and over again my friend,
      Ah, you don’t believe we’re on the eve of destruction.

      Think of all the hate there is in Red China!
      Then take a look around to Selma, Alabama!
      Ah, you may leave here, for four days in space,
      But when your return, it’s the same old place,
      The poundin’ of the drums, the pride and disgrace,
      You can bury your dead, but don’t leave a trace,
      Hate your next door neighbour, but don’t forget to say grace,
      And you tell me over and over and over and over again my friend,
      You don’t believe we’re on the eve of destruction.
      No, no, you don’t believe we’re on the eve of destruction.”

      Songwriters: P. F. Sloan
      Eve of Destruction lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

      I quoted that song in this piece….

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      • Yes, I’m well aware of that song! I was a teen during that era. My point is that if you go looking for trouble, you will get it. It seems like humans always go looking for trouble instead of trying to live in peace and harmony and just enjoying happiness. Humans create their own unhappiness and suffering.


  7. Layla Todd says:

    Oo, what jarring contrast! Love (and am saddened) by the truth in this piece. <3

    Liked by 1 person

  8. berniebell1955 says:

    I posted your Fraiku as a ‘comment’ to this….

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  9. oh too good Bart! Nicely done! ❣️

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