dVerse Poets: Water

Today at dVerse Poets Pub, Bjorn is prompting for Haibun Monday. He is asking that we write about water – rain, snow, frost, sleet, ocean, spring, bath water – any water that is from a true experience from our past. Come visit us at:http://dversepoets.com/2017/10/16/16428/

Sea Glass
The colors of the ocean that washes up on the North Carolina coast is all the colors of sea glass on any given day, or month, or time of the year or even, the time of day. The colors shift like an ever revolving kaleidoscope – blue then green, grey, dark green, light turquoise, and white. Some days the wind will whip up little wavelets of white on the water.

But tonight the ocean is black. The wind smells of salt with sweet undertones. Lights from the pier and the full golden moon dapple the ocean. It is 2 a.m. on New Year’s Eve. I’m standing on the balcony at the hotel, my husband’s Christmas present to me this year was this trip, by myself, to the ocean in winter. I breathe in the air deeply. A bit of wet touches my cheek. I look up -the first flakes of snow for the year has begun – first snow! New Year’s eve! Oh the magic of the ocean at night!

black winter ocean
sleeps silently as snow falls –
first of the new year

sea glass, public domain image


26 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Frank J. Tassone
    Oct 16, 2017 @ 06:01:42

    Reblogged this on Frank J. Tassone and commented:
    #Haiku Happenings #5: Toni’s latest #haibun for dVerse’s Haibun Monday!


  2. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Oct 16, 2017 @ 15:22:56

    This is splendid… and two kigo in the same haiku, really impressive… The story of your trip to the ocean.. to be there all alone must be a gorgeous experience.


    • kanzensakura
      Oct 16, 2017 @ 15:24:27

      It is. He very kindly started gifting me that several years ago when he realized how much I love the ocean in the winter, esp. down in NC. I’ve written several poems about it. About waking up and finding snow on the sand…amazing.


  3. sarahsouthwest
    Oct 16, 2017 @ 16:04:28

    Oh, that haiku is beautiful. What a glorious gift.


    • kanzensakura
      Oct 16, 2017 @ 16:06:33

      Thank you. He has given that gift to me for several years now that he knows I love the ocean in winter so very much.

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  4. Jane Dougherty
    Oct 16, 2017 @ 16:39:20

    Made me shiver—so beautiful!


  5. kim881
    Oct 16, 2017 @ 16:51:55

    This is so gorgeous, Toni. I have never owned sea glass but always coveted it.
    You’ve captured colours and the scent of the sea, as well as that special moment on New Year’s eve. And what a wonderful haiku!


  6. Frank Hubeny
    Oct 16, 2017 @ 16:54:15

    I like a dark ocean or large body of water in moonlight. I need to remember to bring along a flash light.


  7. Charmed Chaos
    Oct 16, 2017 @ 16:58:01

    What a lovely present! And you described it all so perfectly.


  8. Grace
    Oct 16, 2017 @ 18:06:13

    Such a meaningful and wonderful gift from your hubby ~ And that sight of the first snow is breathtaking Toni ~


  9. Glenn Buttkus
    Oct 16, 2017 @ 18:21:10

    Another winner haibun; sweet. Floats, rope, and glass float balls I have found on Pacific beaches, but no sea glass. Since I’m a decade older than my wife, and in poor health, the last few years I have been sending her on trips without me. She has a sister, and other retired teachers to go with.


    • kanzensakura
      Oct 17, 2017 @ 15:22:08

      I would love to find some of those glass float balls. I’m 10 years older than my husband but in better health. He likes the ocean in the summer, I like it in the winter. so….


  10. qbit
    Oct 16, 2017 @ 20:51:33

    This is wonderful. I love the ocean in winter! This is my favorite of your writing (but OK, I haven’t been around so long…) It pulls us in and puts us there with you.


  11. peterfrankiswrites
    Oct 16, 2017 @ 22:17:50

    Great description of the location – it’s like standing there with you as the snow falls – I can almost hear it.


  12. revivedwriter
    Oct 17, 2017 @ 00:05:59

    “The wind will whip up little wavelets of white on the water” — I love that part!


  13. nosaintaugustine
    Oct 17, 2017 @ 07:32:31

    Beautiful clear imagery. I think this is my favorite of your poems that I’ve read so far.


  14. maria
    Oct 17, 2017 @ 07:36:15

    Oh, the taste of first snow! What a beautiful experience that must be. We never had snow here..


  15. paul scribbles
    Oct 17, 2017 @ 08:59:42

    Evocative. Snow by the ocean, such a rare and beautiful thing. Stunning gift to give and to receive.


  16. Sabio Lantz
    Oct 17, 2017 @ 15:46:30

    How lonely and odd. But you made it seem rich and full. nice


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