consolation in each raindrop the sea
Issue 14.1 | 18 April 2014
in each raindrop
in each raindrop
There can be consolation in each raindrop
almost a friend
First publication credits: Azami #28 (Japan, 1995)
Anthology: The Temple Bell Stops: Contemporary Poems of Grief, Loss and Change (Modern English Tanka Press 2012)
And inter-relationships in nature, and how we can hopefully "inter-rely" on each other as in the rain off the sea that feeds the clouds that feeds the earth that feeds the food crops and much more.
But when that cycle gets corrupted, when things break down, where do we find consolation?
The sea is often seen as a womb, going back.
I'm not saying that the haiku is about this, but it's certainly powerful enough for me, and a journey into what I perceive as possible layers of understanding and perception.
Alan, how can the Anthology be purchased?
Alas it doesn't seem available anymore, even on Abebooks, really sorry about that. A very successful anthology but no second print run it seems.
we are all part of a larger
that's what this poem says to me
"consolation in each raindrop the sea"
and recognizing this shared smallness
is a comfort
Dear Stella, Beautiful. We've had rain here, which our Lake Michigan needed.
This is wonderful, Stella. I see the sea in those raindrops… our origins
Love it, Stella … thank you, Don at Lilliput
This is perfect, Stella!
The ambiguity of the linear arrangement of words creates images which cycle round in my mind – a visceral experience of the water cycle itself which begins and ends always in the sea.
But that opening word – "consolation". Ah, there you take us out of nature, into metaphysics and spirituality.
A truly wonderful poem! Thank you for sharing it.
Yes, all individual, each containing the whole. Separate, yet not. In each teardrop the sea, too.
Nicely done Stella.
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