Haiku Poem – ひとで

jet black starfish
transform the sea floor
gone in a flash

(Jim version)
黒い星ヒトデの祭り消え去った
くろい ほし ひとで の まつり きえさった

(Michiko version)
海底に瞬く星座夢うつつ
かいてい に またたく せいざ ゆめうつつ

The end of July and the month of August is usually the hottest time of the year for Hawaii. The trade winds are usually still with us so it is never as humid as Japan. The nights and mornings are often fairly cool. There are certain flowers that bloom during this time and certain fruits that are also at their best for eating and in the marine world there are certain creatures that mate during this time of the year. The creature that is very evident is the star fish. During a typical tour in the submarine there may be one or two sightings but during their mating season there are so many that they can’t be counted! Plankton and sea weed eaters. I always wonder where they came from! Have they been deeper or hiding in the coral. It seems like the mating season lasts a few days and then all of a sudden they are gone again until the next mating cycle. I think that to be able to really appreciate that one must work under water for at least one year to notice the changes.

 ハワイの一番暑い時期は、だいたい7月の終わりから8月にかけてです。しかし、ハワイには、いつも貿易風が吹いていますから、日本のような蒸し暑さはありません。そして、しばしば、夜と朝はかなり涼しくなります。この時期に咲く花があり、また、この時期に食べ頃になる果物もあります。また、海の中では、この時期に交配する生き物がいます。よく見られる生き物はヒトデです。通常の潜水艦ツアーでは、一回か二回、目撃する程度ですが、交配の時期には、数え切れないほどのヒトデを見ることができます。プランクトンと海草だけを食べるヒトデが、どこから来るのか、私はずっと不思議に思っていました。もっと海底深くにいるのか、珊瑚礁の中に隠れているのかはわかりません。交配の時期は数日続き、その後、次の交配時期まで、再び、突然どこかに消え失せます。このような海の変化に気づくには、最低一年くらい、海の中で仕事をする必要があります。

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

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