Haiku Poem – さよなら鯨さん

seeing the last jump
Alaskan waters await
see you next year

(Jim version)
アラスカへ たびだつジャンプ またらいねん

(Michiko version)
みずしぶき ひとつのこして うみのたび

I was very, very fortunate that on the last day of the Whale watching tours I saw a whale breach! There were about 100 customers on the boat that I was on and unfortunately they were looking at the shore of Waikiki and for some reason I looked out toward the front of the boat and a whale breached in almost a slow motion kind of movement. I quick said over the microphone that a whale had breached and all the customers and staff rushed over to see but it was gone! The whale will usually come back up but it didn’t. I felt like I had a private show where the whale was saying goodbye and see you next ! The whales now make their long journey back to Alaska where the Mothers once again can eat since they don’t while in the Hawaiian waters and they continue to take care of their calves. So other then a rare sighting, I will be waiting until around November for them to come back.


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

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