Just Plain Foolish

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

One Deep Breath - More bodies of water

These are pretty much what came from my trip to Hawaii. I didn't take any photographs, but I did take away some pictures in my head.

Royal blue abyss
Elegant shark

Cold deep water holds
Ocean's sanctuary
Sunken volcano

Green turtle comes near
Colorful wetsuit looks good,
Maybe jellyfish?

Black volcanic rock
Salt water eddies
Tidal pool treasures

Sunrise surfer
Riding the morning light
Tracing lace topped waves

Earthquake shaking
Gold sand into blue waters.

Catching deep sea waves,
Cold waters caress
Hot sun above.

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Blogger Kate said...

Oh, I do miss Hawai'i...

7/18/2007 11:41 AM  
Blogger Plain Foolish said...

Going body surfing was much rougher than the gentle push I'm used to from the Atlantic, but the ocean life was simply marvellous. (The earthquake was more than a little unsettling, though.)

7/18/2007 12:26 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

Missed the earthquakes, which was just fine.

The Pacific, she has a sense of humour, though...

7/18/2007 2:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, these speak to my own pictures of Hawaii. I still have dreams about that place and these capture so many wonderful details. Thank you.

7/18/2007 3:03 PM  
Blogger Cat C-B (and/or Peter B) said...

What a great alternative to the post-vacation slide show. Thanks for sharing these.

7/18/2007 7:37 PM  
Blogger Plain Foolish said...

*grin* I'm not overly fond of slide shows - every now and again, I'll flip through an album, and I will show pictures (if I have them) to people who ask, although I'm more likely to pull out my sketchbook. (The Hawaii sketchbook, unfortunately, has gone missing - I strongly suspect I left it in Hawaii, since it was the small kind that I might overlook.)

What I tend to take with me are stories. Like finding out only after I'd come out of the water and left the beach that maybe half an hour afterwards, a large tiger shark had been spotted right where I had been, and the beach cleared. My husband teases me that the shark god was flirting with me, especially since the next time I tried to play in the surf, a wave literally pulled my surf pants off and hit me on the back of the head with them. (It also took the tie I had securing my braid.)

Or how my husband, my sister, and I woke up in the middle of an earthquake that turned the near shore ocean water a pale brown for much of the day. (Luckily, few people were injured and noone was killed, despite boulders that wrecked roads.) At first, both my husband and I thought it was just a hurricane*, but my sister woke up faster and informed us it was an earthquke.

* We've ridden a couple of hurricanes out - not big ones like Katrina, but smaller ones: Isabel and Hugo, I think. It involved mostly keeping ourselves entertained sans electricity for a few days while the storm raged outside.

Or the turtle that followed me around as I tried to get out of her way... I was scrambling to stay out of the way, knowing that turtles need easy access to the surface to breathe, but the turtle would change direction every time I did, lazily flicking a fin as she explored this crazily shaped, colorful creature in her world.

7/19/2007 7:30 AM  
Blogger Annie Jeffries said...

The thing is like best about all of the haikus is the unity you bring to them all using color and heat. It's like being in the same place at different times.

7/19/2007 8:58 AM  
Blogger get zapped said...

Thank you for the mini and serene trip to Hawaii without leaving my chair ;) Nice haiku.

7/20/2007 9:41 AM  

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