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,

incises it

              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.