Marilyn Sandall

Seattle, Washington

Marilyn Sandall grew up in Oregon and lived in Seattle for many years. Her haiku appeared
in Brussels Sprout, Woodnotes, Chiyo's Corner, The Heron's Nest, and Haiku Northwest anthologies. She collaborated in an online haiku flash animation for Licton Springs Review. Her haiku also appeared on the King County Metro Poetry and Art Buses. Marilyn was born on July 9, 1942, and died on September 12, 2015. See her Seattle Times obituary, which is also reproduced below, published in the October 4, 2015 issue.

nest hole
waiting a wren moment
before it reappears

morning mist—
wind shifts
the mountain peak

winter fog
the full moon
out of focus

by the silence
first snowfall

weekend athlete
learning anatomy
ache by ache

bones beneath
hospital sheets
my father smaller

her memorial service—
in the silence
his deep bow

Marilyn J. Sandall

Marilyn J. Sandall, psychologist, award-winning environmentalist, accomplished nature photographer, and published poet, passed away at home in Seattle on September 12, 2015 at the age of 73. Marilyn was born on July 9, 1942, in Eugene, Oregon. She earned B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Oregon and a Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Washington in 1982. She served as a counselor and teacher at Seattle Central and North Seattle Community Colleges from 1969 to 2000 and maintained a private therapy practice as well.
    Following her retirement, Marilyn extended her longtime activity in Seattle Audubon Society, serving as a member of the Seattle Audubon board and of the conservation and urban habitat committees. In addition to her dedicated work in the field, she spent countless hours preparing for hearings on urban habitat and state forest issues. She was passionate in her advocacy for environmental sustainability and wildlife protection, often expressed in artwork.
    She was a talented photographer, combining her interest in bird life with graphic art to produce spectacular images of birds in the wild and other subjects in the natural world. Marilyn was also a gifted poet and a master of the haiku form. She was an avid member of Haiku Northwest. Her poems appeared in several publications and were selected to be displayed on King County Metro buses, as well as presented aloud at Seattle Center.
    In 2013, Marilyn received the Seattle Audubon Conservation Award, the highest honor given to an individual in the greater Seattle community who has made a unique and significant contribution to the protection of birds and wildlife habitat, using creative means for engaging and inspiring the public.
    She is survived by her loving sister Julie Barlas and brother-in-law Arthur Barlas of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, and by numerous longtime friends and colleagues. All will miss her great wit, luminous presence, and brilliant smile for many years to come.
    Donations in memory of Marilyn Sandall may be made to Seattle Audubon: Martin Miller Fund, 8050 35th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA 98115.

Photo by Sheila Sondik, taken at Seabeck, Washington.