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Marietta McGregor’s haiku are full of unfolding roses and spidery script in today’s feature of the International Women’s Haiku Festival.
i stroke her hand
around the cannula
The paradox of the unfolding rose is that, as vibrant and beautiful as it is, it is also in the process of dying. This haiku is full of life and death, of the frailty of the flesh and of the love that sustains us through all trials, connecting us even across the divide.
her spidery script
a brittle scorecard
The spiders that we imagine are uncovered in the “attic spring-clean” and the “spidery script” on old items convey a masterfully subtle relational discomfort. And all of it packed away in the attic, hidden in the remote recesses of the private realm, suspended in a web of unease.
Marietta McGregor is a Tasmanian botanist and journalist who lives in Canberra. Her haiku, haibun, and haiga appear in international journals and anthologies, and have been featured on Japanese television. She has gained poetry awards in Japan, the UK, the US, and Australia. She belongs to the Australian Haiku Society, the Haiku Society of America, and the British Haiku Society.