as an and you and you and you alone in the sea
Haiku Utsav, 2013
Commentary by Richard Gilbert
Just like the conjunction ‘and’ which only connects two things but belongs to neither side is alone, so are all of us… alone.
Combined with the pace of a one-liner, the use of repetition and the closing image of a person alone in the sea add emotional weight and psychological depth to the poem.
For more information about repetition, see "To the Lighthouse: Repetition, Repetition, Repetition" (note: Epizeuxis or palilogia is the repetition of a single word, with no other words in between.)