This is in line with classical haiku. We got a strong kigo or seasonal reference with “summer,” the passive voice of “the dunk” which expresses a sense of egolessness, and a short line-longer line-short line format.
Summer is usually associated with fun, holidays, love, among other things. But in this haiku, Martha examines the serenity of summer.
Reminiscent of the famous haiku by Basho:
a frog jumps in
the sound of water
Martha concentrates more on the surface of the water, though it is still sound oriented through the reader’s imagination.
The haiku suggests our actions are not their own and we don’t own our actions. This is especially poignant with the use of an animal, who does not have self consciousness. Through the otter, we can realize that we are the witnesses of our actions and existence, rather than being what we do.
The photo compliments the haiku by adding to the atmosphere and image of the haiku. The lily pads and variety of trees are stunning. A meditative photo.
– Nicholas Klacsanzky