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Issue # 5 September 2011
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Marie Marshall lives near Dundee in Scotland. She started writing fiction in 2004, in her late forties, and discovered her poetic muse in 2005. Her poems have appeared in many magazines in the UK, and in 2010 her collection Naked in the Sea was published. She is associate editor of the journals Sonnetto Poesia and Canadian Zen Haiku, and editor of the zen space, an online haiku showcase. Marie's website can be found at

Marie Marshall


Three jisei

what damns my heart
has dammed my sermons –
I am silenced


the last shadow
to leave the old house –
I don't look back


at honour's call –
the white blossoms make
a perfect pall

Jisei, or death poem, is a poem written by the poet near the time of their own death.