“Earthquake fascism and prostitution madness” (Dick Whyte)



first day of spring
the prostitute forces
a smile





“Earthquake fascism and prostitution madness” (Pundit)


Poem by Dick Whyte (see editor biographies). Read more by this poet.




  1. Jack Galmitz

    Dick, I think this is a fine haiku. Spring, which we ordinarily associate with renewal, rebirth, with the end of a long time of death in winter, is surprisingly contrasted with the “forced” renewal/smile of the prostitute (who, unlike nature, will probably not bear fruit as a result of her sexuality). There is also hidden in the poem Dylan Thomas’ the force that through the green fuse drives the flower in contradistinction to the use of “forced” in the prostitute’sforced smile; the force of nature in spring is contrary to the prostitute’s force. An excellent piece of work!

  2. Laurence stacey

    Well said Jack! I agree, this is a lovely verse.

  3. Dick Whyte

    Jack – thanks so much for the high praise. Much appreciated. Same to you Laurence!

  4. Chen-ou Liu


    Effective juxtaposition of conflicting images. This little poem leaves readers with much to ponder.

    Nicely done.


  5. Dick Whyte

    Thanks Chen-ou!! Much appreciated.

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