Haiku Poem – 海の光景

breath taking beauty
boiling water screams in rage
nature’s cruel balance

うみ たぎる ぜっけい くだく うなりごえ

Sometimes in my job I will leave before the submarine in our skiff, which is like a speed boat to set up everything for the submarines. It is always a beautiful part of the day because the other staff and I are the first ones out and it is like we have a private ocean! We often have dolphins swimming with us and we are able to see whales much better than the whale watching tours! Sometimes, however, nature can seem to be cruel. Recently on the way out we saw what looked to be an enormous turtle on the surface. We went closer to see and were amazed that half of it was gone and that there were teeth marks from a shark. About 30 seconds later three very large tiger sharks attacked the remains of the turtle and the water looked as if it were boiling and the sharks tails came out of the water! In less than 30 seconds it was over! The sharks went back to the deeper waters and all that was left of the turtle were little pieces of white meat and a horrible stench filled the air! All around us was such beauty but in that one space for a short period of time we saw the other side of nature.


Collaborative Haiku Poem
– Jim Woodhull
– Japanese by Jim Woodhull and Nakamura Michiko
– Photo by Jim

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