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


  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.

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

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

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

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