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Marilyn Ward’s Glacier


At first sight, you might read this haiku and say, “so what?” However, I believe through its statement, it helps us realize how the landscapes around us have been shaped: through a long process. This observation can apply metaphorical to our lives as well, in that what we keep frozen inside us cuts us slowly.

With the word “cutting” it is inferred that it is painful. We might even garner some compassion for the granite through its suffering, though we know in the back of our mind that granite does not feel suffering. That is one of the powers of haiku: giving us compassion for every form of life, even inanimate things.

Without punctuation, the poet makes the two parts clearly separate. The sound works well, with “I” sounds running through it, possibility showing the sound of cutting.

This haiku has a classic feel to it, with it being an observation made into a great insight.

– Nicholas Klacsanzky (Ukraine)



Meditator, writer, editor, musician.

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