Welcome to re:Virals, The Haiku Foundation’s weekly poem commentary feature on some of the finest haiku ever written in English. This week’s poem was
where snow meets sea the weight of our imprints — GRIX, Trash Panda, Summer 2021 issue
Lakshmi Iyer considers the imbalance:
“where snow meets sea”
Yes, snow has that property to melt and meet the sea. But the poet has a different style of approach to this!
Let’s find out . . .
There are two factors for the snow to melt: the temperature and the intensity of the sun. These days, the world is faced with the very severe threat of global warming. And the reasons lie in imbalance caused by the immense unorganized activities of human beings. It is just a matter to understand and avoid.
Snow, and more importantly snowmelt, is vital for replenishing local rivers, lakes, and subterranian watertables. But, at the same time, there should be balance in the earth’s natural resources. This is where the poet has their own doubts and adds a few words: “the weight of our imprints.”
Is “the weight of our imprints” pointing a finger at us? Are we responsible? Yes, the “imprints” are our actions. Global warming is caused by toxic gases and fumes; in addition, entrapment of such gases due to the greenhouse effect does not allow the atmosphere to exchange gases and increases the temperature on earth.
“Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.”
where snow meets sea/ the weight of our imprints
More snow means more energy reflects back into the atmosphere, resulting in cooling, while less snow cover means more energy is absorbed at the earth’s surface, resulting in warming. This is not good. How to tap the solutions to avoid global warming is a main issue of this century.
The water cycle on our earth is a beautiful study. How far are we effectively helping nature to help itself in the process? Such a big question.
…..the weight of our imprints!
A well-crafted monoku.
As this week’s winner, Lakshmi gets to choose next week’s poem, which you’ll find below. We invite you to write a commentary to it. It may be as long or short, academic or spontaneous, serious or silly, public or personal as you like. We will select out-takes from the best of these. And the very best will be reproduced in its entirety and take its place as part of the THF Archives. Best of all, the winning commentator gets to choose the next poem for commentary.
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falling leaves — several trees in the woodpile — John Stevenson, The Heron's Nest, Vol. 1, No. 1 (1999)