Pelé: A Tribute in Haibun

Edson Arantes do Nascimento (aka Pelé) was, arguably, the most famous man in the world during his lifetime.

Kings and Queens and Presidents are famous because they are kings and queens and presidents; historic figures are famous in retrospect, their achievements echoing through time; and artists are famous due to the enduring appeal of their work.

But Pelé, whose presence at a nearby match initiated a two-day cease-fire in an African civil war, took ephemeral athletic skill and transformed it into something eternal. Something celebrated on every populated continent of the globe – even a, then (1970’s), soccer-averse North America.

Pelé, forever
charging down a pitch… the ball
and goal approaching

By David Edwards


Leave a Comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s