person Daniel Paul Marshall, three poems

Gorgeous poetry to warm a wintry day, by Daniel Paul Marshall, from via O at the Edges. A wondrous thing to join this chain of purveyors of delight.


Daniel Paul Marshall lives on the island of Jeju, where he runs a guesthouse & bar that he built with his wife. He has had poems published in a few journals, including Four Ties Lit Review, The Contemporary Haibun Online, Underfoot, and The High Window.

A handful of prayers & the day’s work is done.
Time to sip expensive Yemeni coffee
& build an online presence with their iPhones
& cheap | superimposed wisdom they’ve yet to fully grasp
the complexity of. Seeing them | it tires me
to hear people defend Buddhism as a philosophy not a faith |
as if that somehow discounts them from the usual charges
pitched against contesting branches of ideology.
It is an ideology: has drawbacks & is led by powerful men
with slot machine eyes & a thirsty wallet.
Their cartoon image | bright crystal-ball heads |

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. robert okaji says:

    Daniel is one of the most inquisitive, intelligent poets I’ve come to know. A truly fine writer. Thank you for reblogging this.


  2. Much obliged for the reblog.


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