Robert Sorrels (U.S.A.)

littoral stars
her light too
in the wind

Comment: a poem accompanied by a side note of the author (‘spreading my wife’s ashes along her favorite beach’) that contextualizes the scene, underlining its emotional background and a poignant sense of parting (wakare 別れ) that, despite its painfulness, conveys a sense of liberation (the freedom and lightness of the wind in line 3) and communion with the whole of creation (given by the association of his wife’s shining ashes with the stars). The author’s fatigue is highlighted by the alliteration of the ‘t’ sound, a dental, hard consonant.

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