Thursday, July 19, 2007

Haiku: Bodies of Water

Having lived in Hawaii for several years as a child and now living in Northern California, the prompt of "bodies of water" conjured up quite a bit for me this week. I offer up two haiku, one which finally articulates my lifelong lack of a sense of direction. Thanks again to One Deep Breath.


Poor Midwesterners.
With no ocean as their guide
how do they go west?


Hawaiian winter:
violent waves, cresting whitecaps.
Surfers’ paradise.

5 comments:

Rose Dewy Knickers said...

We grew up in the Midwest so the ocean has never called to us.

I like both your haiku.

Rose

xo

At A Hen's Pace said...

Any Chicagoan--even us suburban pretenders--knows that west is the opposite way from "the Lake."

(I grew up in central Ohio, tho--so I totally get it.)

And congrats on YOUR honorable mention too! We're facing a big change as soon as we can sell our house, and I can really relate right now to your bus-to-Cali experience.

Jeanne

allrileyedup said...

I grew up in Florida, so when I first moved to California, I kept thinking the ocean was to the east. This resulted in many a u-turn.

Now, when I visit my family in Florida, I keep thinking the ocean is to the west. I now hate u-turns.

Beautiful poems!

Crafty Green Poet said...

Living in the UK, we're really surrounded by ocean - I can't imagine being longterm somewhere where the ocean is a distant thing.

Your second haiku is a good reminder of the two sides of wild seas.

Marcia (MeeAugraphie) said...

The ocean has always been closer to my West,now it is farther to my West,too far, I can not imagine being in the Midwest.

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