Monday, November 10, 2014

Cruising waters

cruising waters
where the great auk once thrived …
what of me
is prized enough
for the greedy to seize?

Skylark 2:2, Winter 2014, "Skylark's Nest" clutch of runners-up


Skylark is a wonderful journal of tanka and its related forms, edited by poet extraordinaire Claire Everett and including a liberal sprinkling of artwork by her talented daughter Amy. With this issue, fellow poet-blogger Jenny Ward Angyal officially joins the crew as reviews and features editor. 

Each issue, poets are invited to write a "Skylark's Nest" tanka inspired by a nature-themed drawing. 

I was happy to be able to cruise northeastern waters last spring. My travels included a side excursion to the Bird Islands off Nova Scotia. The great auk no longer exists, thanks to exploitation by humans, but from a distance, through thick cloud cover and drizzle, I managed to see a few of its relatives, i.e., puffins and razorbills. 


Razorbills: Bird Islands, Nova Scotia, Canada













9 comments:

  1. Congrats on being part of the "clutch!" I love the philosophical turn in the lower verse, and your photo goes with it so well.

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    1. Vandana - Yes about nature!
      Jenny - Thanks, and glad to be a member of the "clutch."

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  2. A profound articulation of the balance of nature and extinction. Wonderful work!

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  3. Oh, that's sad they are extinct! Nice work here. What an exciting trip you must have had.

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    1. Yes, sad. It was a fun trip (with friends).

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  4. So lovely . . . and thought-provoking!

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