Haiku Poem – 鯨(くじら)

gentle ocean king
deadly pink warning sign
silent shark waiting

(Jim version)
いき とめる ひろがる ぴんく いたちざめ

(Michiko version)
すいめんか ぴんく に そめる いたちざめ

Just this past week I got a big surprise. I saw my first whale for the season! Usually the whales in Oahu start coming around late October at the earliest so I was very surprised to see one. My friend works on a snorkel tour boat in the West side and he told me that he recently saw two of them. My happy surprise soon turned into a sad surprise. I noticed that the whale, which seemed to be calf, had a pink underbelly. All the other staff that were with me were very surprised. The whale got very close to the boat, about 20 feet away. The last time it turned over I saw why it was pink. It’s bottom was full of scars and bite marks! The pink color was the blood mixing with the water. My friend who was on the very front of the boat looked down at the whale and following very close behind was a very large tiger shark! The whale was in fact dieing! I was so glad that the shark did not attack as it would have been terrible for the customers to see. I am sure the whale eventually died and was soon eaten by the sharks which sounds very bad but that is how life goes in the ocean.


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

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