Friday, September 30, 2011

The Height of Haiku Challenge - Day 30

Today's Theme : Geylang

lonely planet tour...

photo by ppdigital
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drive by.

sparks scatter on sidewalk
from a tossed cigarette.


outside a bar
strobe lights of a police car.

glass shards on asphalt.


a wash of pink neon

the wrinkles on the hooker's face


Geylang is a place throbbing with life after dark. It has great eateries and pubs, serving some of the most delicious food in Singapore. It also happens to be the main red-light district of the city.

© cheong lee san ( dsnake1 ), 2011


Nanka said...

Nice descriptions and I am seeing red!!

The September challenge may be over but hope to see you at Haiku Heights - the weekly prompt place every Saturday. :) Until another challenge comes knocking....

dsnake1 said...

thank you, Nanka! :)

andy sewina said...

Cool observation!

happy last day!

dsnake1 said...

thank you, andy!

nice knowing you. :)

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

The little glimpses of city life are exquisite!

This poet’s choice here and here

dsnake1 said...

thank you, MMT!

Anonymous said...

Yikes ... my eyeballs are fatigues by the neon - LOL ... think I will stay in the darkness of the country!!

Well done ~~

Congrats on completing the month of Haiku!! It has been enjoyable reading ~~ Happy Friday, Happy Weekend, Happy October!

dsnake1 said...


haha, i know this is not the most lovely or appropriate poem to end the challenge, it's a bit gritty and dark, but i can't resist it. :)

thank you, becca, for all your kind comments during the haiku challenge, and for sharing your lovely works of art and poetry. :)

The PostMan said...

A very refreshing blog indeed.

The PostMan

dsnake1 said...

thanks for visiting and leaving your comments, Postman. :)

Judith Westerfield said...

Fascinating place, fascinating poem.

dsnake1 said...

thanks, Judith!

not the usual touristy destination, but fascinating, yeah. :)

Reka Sang said...

Slices of life uniquely captured in these few words. I hope you had fun with this challenge. On your reply to Becca, life is not always a bed of roses, most of my poems and stories have sadness in them hence I use Haiku to add a little joy. Thanks for your visits and comments.

dsnake1 said...

Rekha, thanks for this insightful comment.

yes, i enjoyed this challenge, for the fine poetry that were written, and the community spirit that the writers embraced.
if you have visited my main blog urban poems , you would have noted that most of my poems have a tinge of sadness or anger in them too. and for this challenge too, i have tried to inject some humour into my haiku. :)