this slum with a moon in every puddle




(originally published in Presence, issue 43, January 2011)

34 Responses

  1. @andreochka Says:

    REALLY enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing…

  2. harrisfr Says:

    The slum is always more attractive at night!

  3. Alan Summers Says:

    Strong haiku, and it's surprising how some slums, especially in Africa, are better run and fairer to people, than our big often anonymous cities.


  4. Salt & Light Says:

    Absolutely exquisite; wish I'd written this.

  5. Madhu Says:

    So visual! Beautiful.

  6. @michaelpaone Says:

    Well done. Love this.

  7. seaviewwarrenpoint Says:

    The moon can be enjoyed from anywhere…lovely. :)

  8. snakypoet Says:

    Ah, very nice! Which I do not mean as 'faint praise'. Just that even superlatives would scarcely do justice to this piece. I think it's as close to perfect as any poem can get.

  9. moonlace Says:

    Thank you, Martin, for this reverently mysterious image. I feel a mood in it, akin to Frost’s image, “The woods are lovely, dark and deep”.


  10. Peter Newton Says:

    This holds a world-weary tone, all the promises the world makes–a moon in every puddle–surrounded by the truth of the slums. But the optimist is also at work here–for noticing so many.

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    good luck next time…

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