Haiku Poem – 嵐と亀

storm’s signature
plastic scarring the ocean
turtles be careful!

(Jim version)
ごみ ばたけ あらし の のこり かめ の どく

(Michiko version)
あらし さり かめ に ゆうがい ごみ の むれ

Hurricane season is now in upon us in Hawaii. There have already been two hurricanes that have gotten very close to Hawaii but fortunately for us they veered away from us and also lost their strength and ended up becoming tropical storms. Hawaii is very lucky in that we have not had a hurricane here since 1992. Even though the hurricanes weaken and miss the islands we still have a lot of rain and rough conditions on the water. One of the bad things about this is that there will be times after the storm where a lot of garbage has collected on the beach in certain areas and even will collect underwater in certain spots. The majority of the garbage is usually plastic bottles and bags whcih can be dangerous to turtles as they will choke on it when trying to eat the plastic because it looks like a jelly fish to them. This usually lasts a few days and then it is carried off into deeper water or far out to sea.


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

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