“A tiny miracle as boy trapped for 3 days in Haiti is reunited with mother” (Paul Smith)

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………………..pulled from the rubble
………………..a tiny face
………………..moves the world

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Headlines:

“A tiny miracle as boy trapped for 3 days in Haiti is reunited with mother” (Times Online)

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Poem by Paul Smith (see poet biographies). Read more Paul Smith on Haiku News. Our deepest sympathy goes out to those surviving in Haiti.

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^ 4 Comments...

  1. James Tipton

    I like the idea of this haiku. Quite touching, matching the “tiny face” against “the world.”

    Because haiku seem to do best in “place” rather than in “time” (as it is here, pulled from the rubble), another way to look at this might be:

    a tiny face
    in the rubble
    moves the world

    Paul, this is a good “haiku idea”.
    Jim

  2. Paul Smith

    Thanks Jim. I like your take on the poem, it works well. I feel haiku is the right form to capture such a huge happening, drawing us in as it does so.

  3. Bill Kenney

    You render a concept (the one you articulate in your response to James Tipton’s comment) in clear visual terms. This is rather more directly reflective than most successful haiku, but it works in its own terms. “You had to be there,” we often hear, but sometimes there is everywhere.

  4. Paul Smith

    Everywhere indeed! Thanks for the comment Bill.

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