a beggar’s arm
stretching into day


19 Responses

  1. kalaramesh Says:

    Poignant one, Adjei,

  2. Adjei Agyei-Baah Says:

    Thanks Kala. I am deeply humbled.

  3. Dirk van Nouhuys Says:

    Very moving.

  4. Adjei Agyei-Baah Says:

    Thanks Dirk. I appreciate your comment

  5. MaryJo Says:

    poignant. Makes me want to give attention to that homeless person.

  6. Adjei Agyei-Baah Says:

    Thanks Mary Jo. We sometimes have to give to open doors to our blessings.

  7. Marita Says:

    Well done, our minds stretch to get the full meaning.

  8. Adjei Agyei-Baah Says:

    Thanks so much Marita. Glad you could deduce other meanings

  9. Michelle Schaefer Says:

    one arm stretched out for anything into what will probably be a long day. A much needed poem. Thank you for sharing.

  10. Adjei Agyei-Baah Says:

    Thanks Michelle. I appreciate your comment.

  11. Magyar Says:

    __ As they sit on up-set plastic buckets, we donate and their eyes smile; then, there is that nod of thank you… and your heart rises. So well felt here, Adjei_! _m

    thin faced pleas
    beggars sit open handed
    plastic buckets

  12. Adjei Agyei-Baah Says:

    Thanks Magyar. I am as well touched by your story. It's such a common scene in my country, Ghana, as well.

  13. dsnake1 Says:

    poignant, yet a hint of hope, that the day will be better.
    lovely write. :)

  14. Dawn Apanius Says:

    Gives me chills. So delightful.

  15. jeff hoagland Says:

    Ahhh – striking, heartfelt, hopeful. I think many of us have experienced this moment , so expertly captured.

  16. seaviewwarrenpoint Says:

    I imagined the beggar giving thanks for having survived another day. Well captured, Adjei.


  17. Alan Summers Says:

    a beggar’s arm
    stretching into day


    Very cinematic couple of lines:

    a beggar’s arm
    stretching into day

    On one level we should all be beggars appreciating the miracle of life of course. So there is that aspect. I always find it both fascinating and disturbing that so many societies want to create beggars but castigate them at the same time.


    sunlit sweat
    the young vagrant
    sucks a thumb

    Alan Summers
    Anthology: Haiku Harvest: 2000 – 2006 (Modern English Tanka Press 2007)


  18. Aparna Pathak Says:

    Poignant ! Stretching to start afresh !

  19. Freethinker Says:

    Mind-stretching. Heartfelt and hopeful. So Gut! Much needed and not overused at all. The world will be a better place one day. Very moving indeed. Especially the rich imagery of a beggar's arm, moving from one poem to an other.

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