Dark Side of the Moon

“Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.” ― Mark Twain

Most days and to most people, you only see the pleasant me, the one who smiles and agrees. I get along.  I say yes.  I nod and acquiesce.  My shiny, bright moon side beams a happy aura out into the world and others smile back in kind.  You prefer it this way.

But what you don’t want to see is my dark side kept hidden from sight. It’s cranky and sour, doesn’t believe what you say while you’re grinning that insincere grin.  It wallows and cries and breeds more dismay as each turn of the earth creates feelings of lost worth.  Pain increases my craters as my far side remains tucked safely away in the shadows.

winter dwells year round
where shadows darken the day
full moon half empty

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  1. Your haiku closes it so beautifully here, Gayle. I think we have all felt like this.


  2. So much truth in this beautifully expressed haibun with the haiku pulling it all together.


  3. I think we all have that dark side.. maybe we need to brood alone a little to remain shiny.. (though it’s mostly reflected by others)


  4. ohh – so much intrigue in here and I really liked ‘as each turn of the earth creates feelings of lost worth’


  5. I wonder if we could even survive in our world without the dark side of our moon. The hidden bits can be terrible, hot ad scary at times, but they balance our bright side… The side that has to go around flashing teeth and saying please. Without our dark, I think we would choke (or burn) in so much light.

    Your haiku is magnificent.


  6. Anonymous

     /  March 16, 2016

    Love this. You wouldn’t want to see my dark side.I try not to look at it too much myself.
    You inspire me.


    • Thank you, Barbara. No, most of us don’t want to see our own or others dark sides either. And I’m so happy that I inspire you, thanks for that.


  7. I am sure we all have our dark side, that we choose to hid from everyone else ~

    I also admire your haiku specially: full moon half empty ~


  8. full moon half empty… I think you just hit a home run with that one. Loved it.


  9. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade)

     /  March 18, 2016

    I love how you extended Twain’s metaphor.


  10. I love that you extended the metaphor as well…to personify the moon’s sides…works so well and the idea of embracing both sides for me comes to the surface…really well done!


  11. Twain was a genius and your poem honors his quote. half empty moon….



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