An Ocean of Stars - A Month of Daily Haiku (Day 26)

in #poetry2 months ago

uss-carl-vinson-81172_1920.jpgImage by David Mark from Pixabay

Suspended in night,
plankton stars light the ocean
galaxy surface.

© Rowan Joyce all rights reserved

I once observed the natural phenomenon of bioluminescent seas on a night dive at the Similian islands in Thailand. As we ascended from the dive to make our five meter safety stop the guide motioned that we should all chest our torches. I will never forget the experience that followed. Each movement of fin or arm shed a thousand pinpricks of scintillating stars trailing in their wake.

The full moon a wavering blotch of ethereal white oscillating with the soft motion of the night's currents above slashed with the occasional silver flash of barracuda. We hung in that shimmering galaxy of winking stars, shimmering off and on like a million supernova in that vast blue.

“The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other; who has retained the spirit of infancy even into the era of manhood.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

As the safety stop came to an end, and we pulled our torches from our chests to cast light back into the watery night, a poisonous Spanish Dancer spiraled through the middle of our group. This purple/crimson twist of gelatinous flesh ascending from the deep to salute the end of our dive.


It's these types of experience that pull me back to scuba diving over and over, they push me to evaluate any risk of predator encounters, equipment failure or current dangers... and do it anyway.

For me, the wonder of nature is no more apparent than beneath the waves. As you can probably tell from my descriptive passages I find it a transcendental experience. An awakening to the simplicity of instinct that is at the heart of animal behavior, which acts as a pointer to how I can simplify and prioritize my life.

The haiku in this post attempts to capture what Japanese Haiku masters call Wabi (侘寂):

the taste for frugal and natural things, rustic simplicity, freshness or silence; it can be applied to both natural and artificial objects, or even non-ostentatious elegance.

Along with Yūgen (幽玄):

sense of wonder and mystery; it represents the state of mind produced by the inexplicable fascination of things, the feeling of an 'other' universe, full of mysterious unity.

I have decided to challenge myself for a month to post a daily Haiku on Hive. Each week will have a different theme based on a picture prompt.

This week's broad theme is Reflection on Nature.

To read more about the aesthetics of true haiku, and the difference between haiku and senryu, please check out my post: Haiku Vs Senryu - The Aesthetics of Form

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Hi Raj,
I'm not going to upvote at this late date. That always looks like it lowers the award, so I just left a little tip.

Diving. I can't even swim. But I have that sense of being lost from myself when I'm out in a field (alone) or in a wood. I went for hypnosis once and the hypnotist said I was the best subject he ever had. I just imagined I was in a field, next to a brook, and I was gone :)

I love your essay (you see how it affected me) and your haiku. What a writer you are. It is frustrating that the world doesn't know. But, maybe....someday.

Thank you for the tip, and the wonderful feedback @agmoore 🙂

It sounds like we have similar reactions to nature and how it effects the creative process through inspiration. This may sound somewhat dramatic, but scuba diving was the catalyst which pulled me out of clinical depression. Before I learned to dive, and jumped out of my comfort zone backpacking around south east Asia, I was a completely different person. I had little hope in life if I'm honest, and it stemmed from having lost the connection with what makes my soul sing. Even as a child I was fascinated, and inspired by wild places and wildlife.

Somewhere along the path of life I'd lost that, and it came flooding back during that adventure backpacking, but most strongly on my first ocean dives around the reefs of Maya bay, and also in the Similain islands in Thailand (the location described in the anecdote in this post). Anyway, I won't go into all that any deeper, but it is testament to the power of nature to heal 🌿 🌱

🌳 🌴 🌵 🌷 🌸 🌾 🌿 🍀 🍁 🍂 🍃 🍄 🍇


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