Haiku Poem – ひとで

jet black starfish
transform the sea floor
gone in a flash

(Jim version)
くろい ほし ひとで の まつり きえさった

(Michiko version)
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.


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

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