stop light
a beggar feeds
on traffic

13 Responses

  1. Alan Summers Says:

    We all need to feed, and work, and begging is a long and honourable activity including Zen monks, some of them haikai poets. :-)
    From window washers and vendors to asking alms, and often short of what they need:

    sunlit sweat
    the young vagrant
    sucks a thumb

    Alan Summers
    Haiku Harvest vol. 4 no. 1 (2003)

  2. Marianne Paul Says:

    Well drawn, Dave. Great ku.

    I gave a loonie (you need to be Canadian, perhaps, to know what that is…) to a guy at a stop light yesterday. What a light-hearted man – he made me smile much more than the loonie’s worth.

  3. Peter Newton Says:

    the homeless gentleman
    a little soft shoe
    in his stride

  4. Adjei Agyei-Baah Says:

    A very potent piece. i love it!

  5. Dave Read Says:

    Thanks everyone!

  6. Gabri Rigotti Says:

    Perfect Dave … ! … says it all and more … :)

  7. Mojde Says:


    Making traffic ,
    For the uses of traffic !

  8. Momolu S.Freeman Says:

    Very lovely Dave. Congratulations

  9. Eric Lohman Says:

    another beggar called himself "a moral traffic light" – perhaps they know each other?

  10. Nicholas Klacsanzky Says:

    Nice way to highlight the positive out of the negative. Wonderful pivot in the second line as well.

  11. seaviewwarrenpoint Says:

    Brought me right back to a street in Mumbai over a decade ago, Dave.


  12. Bella Says:

    I’m impressed! You’ve managed the almost impbesiols.

  13. score hero Says:

    A very potent piece. i love it!

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