Haiku Poem




at first only black
now only twisted metal
I can feel the screams




黒影は崩れた船やうめき声

くろかげ は くずれた ふね や うめきごえ




I have written about two of the shipwrecks in Hawaii and how they were purposely sunk for divers and for a reef project. I have been on many shipwrecks in Michigan that were sunk because of accidents. For example, many were rammed by other ships on foggy nights, fires and rough conditions are the main reasons. Many of those shipwrecks that I dove still had the remains of the crew on board. When diving on those ships one can feel the anger and sadness of the ship that was sunk in its prime. One can almost hear the cries of the crew as the ship sank trapping everybody inside.


 私は、以前、ハワイで人工漁礁を作る為に沈められた二隻の船の話を書きました。私は、ミシガン州に住んでいた時、事故の為に沈没した船が沈んでいるところまで、何回も潜ったことがあります。沈没の原因は、ほとんどの場合、例えば、霧の深い夜に、船同士が衝突したり、また、火災や大荒れの天候によります。多くの沈没船の中には、乗組員の死体がまだたくさん取り残されているのでした。沈没船のところまで潜っていくと、働き盛りの時に沈んでしまった船の怒りや悲しみを感じ取ることが出来ます。そして、船に閉じ込められた乗組員の泣き声が、聞こえるような気持ちになります。



– Jim Woodhull
– Japanese by Jim Woodhull and Nakamura Michiko




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