Haiku Poem – 甲板で指示

radio in hand
moving the submarine
embracing harbor

(Jim version)
しじします かんぱん で たつ みなと いり

(Michiko version)
タイミング かんぱん で しじ とまらせる

A skill that I am currently learning when entering the harbor is to con the submarine into its slip. What this means is I am on the surface of the submarine using a radio to talk with the staff who is driving the submarine. That person can not see at all so I have to direct the staff on which way to turn and also what speed to use. This is a skill that takes lots of practice as there are many variables that affect the directions. Wind plays a very big role on the decision and also when making a decision to turn in a certain direction or to go at a certain speed there is always an opposite side that is being affected so that has to be taken into consideration. I am still in the learning process but each time I do it, it gets a little easier.


Collaborative Haiku Poem
– Jim Woodhull
– Japanese by Jim Woodhull and Nakamura Michiko
– Photo by Jim
Honolulu, Hawaii ハワイ州オアフ島ホノルル
ジム ウッドハル
一日の安全を締めくくる大事な仕事です。(編集長 美智子)

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