Sea-based haiku

Inspired by the seascape at St Ives – so tranquil and calm yet remembering the sea has such great potential to stir itself – this series of sea-based haiku emerged into my consciousness this early morning.

  • A wild wave surges ~
  • Strong undertow scrapes and growls ~
  • Sucking sediment.
  • A fresh tide surges ~
  • Across political sands ~
  • Flushing out fossils.
  • A fresh tide surges ~
  • Through humanity’s landscape ~
  • Shipwrecked treasure found.
  • Tsunami of hope ~
  • Gaining power from the deep ~
  • Hidden volcanoes.

~ © Sanandi-jacq ~

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Glimpse of shy bather

The walk along the coastal path from St Ives to River Cove is three and half miles long and the area is described as ‘a very remote part of the west Cornwall coast’ suggesting an area of natural beauty. The path is assigned a level three difficulty. The craggy cliffs mean ensuring correct placement of boot on rock and keeping the eyes engaged on feet whilst walking up and down the steep paths. Fortunately there is some let up from the highs and lows as the path widens out and plateaus now and again. The decreasing need for eye-foot attachment means we can gaze around us.

In one of those moments when the eye could wander we caught a glimpse of a shy bather on one of the rocks below. The being was unmoving; its face and back turned away from the path. Deceased perhaps? We scrambled down the rocks to get a better view. Alas, we had disturbed the shy bather. The head lifted and a doleful face stared at us for an instant (just in time for the photo) unhappy at being revealed as something other than a rock. Camouflage having failed the shy bather flipped up its tail and disappeared into the sea. The highlight of our walk – a rare and close up glimpse of a seal sunbathing.

Seal bather on St Ives coastal walk © Sanandi-jacq

Furry beings on Portland Isle

Don’t say the word … they’re here! © Sanandi-jacq

Over the weekend we were out walking on the isle of Portland in Dorset. We kept coming across long-eared furry beings set on stone with cryptic messages such as ‘WE ARE HERE’. Non-plussed we walked on with the intention of discovering the answer to the mystery.

It turns out that on the isle a limestone called Portland stone is quarried. This stone hails from the Jurassic period and is used in such public buildings as St Pauls Cathedral and Buckingham Palace in the UK and the United Nations headquarters in New York City. Apparently, in the past when the stone was being quarried there was danger from rockfalls and stone avalanches. The quarrymen would notice that furry long haired beings would emerge from their underground dwellings just at the point that a rockfall or avalanche of stones was about to occur. Over time a superstition emerged on Portland that you should never mention the six-letter word beginning with ‘r’ because it brings bad luck. Hence images of furry beings with cryptic messages are to be found along the coastal path particularly at points where rockfalls are more likely.

The rest of the day we spent imagining alternate names. Hare’s cousin. Long-eared furry beings. Coneys. Bunnies. And we don’t wish you were here!

Pigeon with deformed leg

A pigeon with a deformed right leg has taken to visiting our garden. It looks as though when it was a squab it fought off a predator in the nest and as a result of the ensuing fight its leg was injured. We call the pigeon Percy. He coos for a mate daily and occasionally a female joins him on a branch but the relationship never takes off. Poor Percy cannot gain purchase on the female because of his deformed limb. So much of the time he is disappointed in love. He sits calling for ages but the female is off with another male. Percy often sits bedraggled and scruffy on the balcony railing – the only place where he can rest his belly and let his deformed limb rest over the edge. I don’t know what is going to become of Percy. Pigeons are very sociable birds and are usually seen in pairs. There must be someone out there for him! A blackbird with one white feather on its tail has befriended him recently. They are often seen together.

Photo credit © Sanandi-jacq