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open sky :: SAMVAAD | 22nd May

hosts: Sanjuktaa Asopa & Vandana Parashar


cut-price moon

five dollars label-gunned on

the dark side




----- Alan Peat

(Trash Panda, Winter 2021)

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Alan Peat
Alan Peat
May 22, 2022

I was asked on Facebook if I might add my own comments about my poem. So, here goes… I wrote this poem during one of the covid lockdowns. Many shops in the U.K. were closing down. I was looking in a bookshop window and spotted an Atlas of the Moon which had been reduced in price for the closing down sale. That really was the inception of the poem but, as is often the case, there was a second experience that led to the poem being written. I was flicking through a haiku journal and there were moons and fireflies on almost every page. I have nothing against haiku which include the moon or fireflies et al but I don’t enjoy…

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neena singh
neena singh
May 25, 2022
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Marvellous dear Al, both the haiku and your comments. Such a delight to read and savour. Each word is memorable—cut-price moon, label-gunned on, the dark side. Thanks for sharing dear Vandana.

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lakshmi iyer
lakshmi iyer
May 22, 2022

It is very deep. Thinking hard about L1. What price can be labelled on the moon? At a discount? Strange! And hence on the dark side where we can't see?

It is priceless!

The haiku as well as The Moon!!


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Kala Ramesh
Kala Ramesh
May 22, 2022

I like how each line resonates with the others. Well chosen.

Thanks, team.

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