Haiku Poem – 鮫は気の毒

black empty eyes
doomed to endlessly swim
bittersweet beauty

(Jim version)
うみ の おう ふてき で およぐ ほこらしい

(Michiko version)
ひたすらに かいちゅう で いる ここう の め

Unfortunately the shark has a reputation for being evil and a fish that should be killed off. I think that this is very unfair because the shark does what a shark is supposed to do and that is keeping the balance of the environment by killing and eating the weak and sick. If there were suddenly no sharks the balance of nature would be thrown off and we would have too many fish of other species which would in turn cause a lot of damage to the environment. There are already examples of this in parts of the world where the sharks have been almost killed off for their fins. Although they sometimes travel in schools, they more often seen hunting alone. I have seen them so many times over the years and I really believe them to have a special kind of beauty that no other animal has.


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

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