Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Discloses the Glacier
As a bird flies, a total experience –
all angles at once
through and all around:
this transparency reveals hidden energy
in each curving, turning, intersecting line.
She meditates on natural sculpture,
into abstract planes:
crafts cracks and pressures’ dynamics
into splintered translucencies.
Light is reflected in fracture –
is frozen –
making evanescent geometry
of the slides and sparkles,
the fragmented mass
and the tracery of prismatic friction.
She wheels and glides, spying turquoise and pink
in each crystal-snubbed glacier snout.