Tanka Poets on Site prompt:
by Kathabela Wilson
Today we went to the old canal at Chesapeake Bay,
a stunning spot, and lunched there
while the ships sailed through our minds.
Not only those, of every variety,
one giant sailed through,
it’s such a deep passageway,
and experience that we have known.
Ships and especially those of the Chesapeake
are close to our tanka hearts.
I thought very much of a different kind of ship,
the ones that have held the work of M. Kei
and his “historic ‘wooden sail’ vessels,
as a crew member with the Kalmar Nyckel,
the tall ship of Delaware.”
I also thought of his love for the sea
and his wonderful
“Slow Motion The Log of a Chesapeake Bay Skipjack”
that I hold in my hand from him right now.
It is definitely time to read it again!
I think of imaginary ships and childhood replicas,
how my favorite childhood ride at the amusement park
was a small ship that went in circles
and I lett my hand down into the waters while it moved,
And our ride out into the South China Sea,
and going out in Lake Tai
near Suzhou, China in a tourist boat…
I think of our friend Dalton Perry who loves to sail as well,
and our sailing tanka sequence in Bright Stars 2.
You can see and order many of the amazing seafaring books
by M. Kei here: http://www.amazon.com/M.-Kei/e/B001JRXGX6
(including his Skipjack Log and Bright Stars,
and much more aboard ships of the imagination.
What are the ships that sail through your mind
and into your tanka?
My response to the prompt:
St Louis thrill
first adult treat
back in time ~ dressed to nines
river travel ~ breath of fresh air
I was sixteen, in the late -1950s,
visiting my cousin who was two years older.
We toured the boat to see what ever there
was to do ..and then settled and enjoyed
the trip in deck chairs.
from the Cole Land Transportation Museum
World War II veterans who participate in Bangor’s Memorial Day Parade each year