by W.R. Weiland
Ian Hunter’s “The Marsh” is a poetic reflection of the coastal environment that graces our region. In reading his piece, there is an unspoken assurance I feel in the name I’ve given to this platform, The Marsh. The name stands as a symbol for a world governed by all that is Nature. It is a world separate from that which we’ve created, but one that each and every one of us feels a connection with on a deep and spiritual level. In this kind of world, money and material possessions are obsolete, and thriving is determined by ones soul and the ability to listen to and understand Nature’s complex intricacies. Ian’s Marsh demonstrates a world that bends to the rawness which characterizes the seasons of our planet. It is a world that is fragile, and yet so complex and hostile that to survive, its inhabitants must learn to work with the Natural order, and be willing to adapt to the constant change that is controlled by the passage of time. This world is a place that we may not physically be a part of, but one which we can learn to watch and listen, and so become a part of on a spiritual level. It is a place with the answers to the questions our fabricated world seeks, and a place where our spirit fly’s when we learn to recognize our own purpose in it. It is a place where we see ourselves a part of and at the same time, separate from. The Marsh is a place of order far beyond that of any created by our species, past or present. Ian’s Marsh is a necessary world for our species to acknowledge and heed lessons from if we are to discover our purpose in this life once again, and rekindle the man-Nature relationship that has been lost in the confusion of modern society.
Ian Hunter's "The Marsh" is available at TheMarshOnline.com. Thanks for reading