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Lake Louise
William Marr



so delicate

so vulnerable

in a chamber

deep in the high mountains




there’s got to be a sign


this little girl

of God






From Between Heaven and Earth (2010).
Used here with the author’s permission.



William Marr came to America from Taiwan in 1961. After receiving a master's degree in mechanical engineering and a PhD degree in nuclear engineering, he worked at Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago for 27 years before his early retirement in 1996 to devote his full time and energy to his true passions — poetry and art. A former president of the Illinois State Poetry Society, William has published 21 volumes of poetry (Autumn Window and Between Heaven and Earth are in English; the rest are in Chinese), two books of essays, and several books of poetry translations. His poems are included in over one hundred anthologies, ranging from high school and college literary textbooks to special collections, and have been translated into more than ten languages. In recent years, William has also pursued other artistic interests, including painting and sculpting.  Learn more about him at



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Wilda Morris:
Ah yes, no noisy tourists! I'm catching up on some poems I missed - I really like this one, Bill.
Posted 10/31/2013 09:35 AM
My husband and I visited Lake Louise a decade ago. Memorable!
Posted 08/09/2013 07:55 PM
Beautiful poem, Bill. I've been to Lake Louise. Hard to do it justice, but you come close.
Posted 08/09/2013 04:48 PM
Unexpected, so vulnerable.
Posted 08/09/2013 09:16 AM
One of the most beautiful spots on earth. Thank you for drawing our attention to its vulnerability, instead of the obvious and overwhelming size of its grandeur. Having been there over fifty years ago, I can tell that our warming of the climate has greatly reduced its glaciers, yet another sign of its vulnerability and our responsibility to care for it.
Posted 08/09/2013 09:06 AM

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