The Mole People by Ed Shacklee

The Mole People

Blinking like the stars, as deep as night
and ugly as we thought they were, they came,
emerging from clandestine faults to light
abysses surface people feared to name,

and no one saw them coming, as they’d learned
self-effacing insight from the dead.
Untroubled by what common sense discerned,
they looked beyond dark oddities we fled,

and what they were, they were, and didn’t hide.
Attempts at dazzlement had no effect,
our offers of enlightenment, denied;
for we who’d not been moved could not direct

the halting, awkward progress of the blind
who felt their way to what we failed to find.

by Ed Shacklee

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Editor’s Note: Is this a horror story or enlightenment? This sonnet invites multiple interpretations within its smooth iambic pentameter (not too much, not too little).


4 responses to “The Mole People by Ed Shacklee”

  1. cote8050 Avatar

    Wonderful poem and full of enlightenment! really enjoyed it. I will look into more of his work. thank you.

  2. rosekelleher Avatar

    The more you read this one the better it gets.

  3. peleg held Avatar

    This isn’t surface snappy wit, it is a deep kind of smart. Salut!

  4. andrew Avatar

    This isn’t snappy surface wit, it is a poem with a rich full sense of hope. Salut!

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