this slum with a moon in every puddle




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

37 Responses

  1. @andreochka Says:

    REALLY enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing…

  2. martin1223 Says:

    Thanks Andrea, but I am still reeling from…

    in one breath the whole autumn

    —Valeria Simonova-Cecon

    tinywords | Issue 09.1 | 7 December 2009

  3. harrisfr Says:

    The slum is always more attractive at night!

  4. martin1223 Says:

    Thanks harrisfr! (…especially when the sky clears with a full moon)

  5. 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.


  6. martin1223 Says:

    Thanks Alan!

  7. Salt & Light Says:

    Absolutely exquisite; wish I'd written this.

  8. martin1223 Says:

    Thanks Salt and Light, good luck next time…

  9. Madhu Says:

    So visual! Beautiful.

  10. martin1223 Says:

    I appreciate your comment, Madhu.

  11. @michaelpaone Says:

    Well done. Love this.

  12. martin1223 Says:

    I’m glad you liked it.

  13. seaviewwarrenpoint Says:

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

  14. martin1223 Says:

    Thanks seaviewwarrenpoint!

  15. 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.

  16. martin1223 Says:

    Thanks snakypoet! See you at Friday Haiku:

  17. 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”.


  18. martin1223 Says:

    Thank you, moonlace, for your comment…

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    For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through.

  20. 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.

  21. martin1223 Says:

    Thanks Peter!

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  26. Horror Says:

    good luck next time…

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