#TankaTuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 269 #Colleen’s SpecificForm:TankaProse #poetrycommunity #writingcommunity

Here’s Colleen Chesebro’s Tanka Tuesday #269. It’s a specific form or Tanka Prose.


Last December, as we reached our Hawaiian destination, Kauai, I glanced out the plane window to see the approaching shore. Right below the plane, there was a pod of humpback whales. It was one of those moments in life where all I could do was to be part of it, but I couldn’t record it to share. I spotted another whale that day as soon as we got to our room. There was a gray spume of water shooting up that I first thought—ghost ship. Looking again, I realized it was a whale blowing air through its blowhole. Although I kept looking; I didn’t see another whale until the very last day. I stood on our balcony to take one last look before we left and there it was, that burst of air exiting the whale. Then the whale breached and dove. I didn’t see it again. The whales had greeted me the first day and then said goodbye, until the next time.

above paradise

a pod of whales welcomes me

awakens my heart

soothing my discouraged soul

a magical moment heals

51 thoughts on “#TankaTuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 269 #Colleen’s SpecificForm:TankaProse #poetrycommunity #writingcommunity”

    1. Thanks, Priscilla 🙂 I think you are right about that and it seems to be a theme for me lately.

    1. It really was, Jan 🙂 Thank you, I won’t forget seeing those beautiful beings from above in the plane.

  1. I, too, have experienced watching whales. For me, it was off my balcony on a cruise ship in Alaska. They are so majestic! I love your Tanka prose, Denise. I’m happy you enjoyed that mindful moment. 🙂

    1. I had the same experience on a cruise to Alaska. Then we did the tour and got to see them up close, mother and calf 🙂 They are majestic for sure and I was glad to have been in that mindful moment. xo

  2. Oh, how I love whales! I have never seen one, Denise. You are so fortunate, especially with whales greeting you on arrival and then making another appearance on the day of your departure. I would definitely count that as a magical experience, which your wonderful poem reflects.

    1. I love whales as much as I love dolphins 🙂 I’ve been lucky to see them , a few times in the ocean. This last time though can only be described as magical, you are so right. I hope you get to see a whale soon, Mae. If you come to the west coast at the right time you will see the humpbacks migrating for sure! Of course Hawaii is a nice place to do it too.

    1. It was, Staci, and one I won’t forget, even without my usual puctures. Thank you 🙂

    1. I kept saying before we left that all I want to see is the whales. I got my wish many times over. To see them from a plane…breath taking. To have them say good bye, well it sure restored some hope and faith. Thanks, Colleen@ xo

  3. It seems that the whale’s welcome and goodbye was an amazing experience for you Denise. How wonderful! Thanks for sharing a memorable moment through this lovely tanka.

    1. I spent a lot of time at the ocean and never saw one. When our kids were little were at the coast and our oldest daughter yelled look a whale. Sure enough there he was off in the distance. Only had two other experiences, this being one of them 🙂 It is pretty magical and I’m very grateful to have seen one. I hope one comes your way soon xo

  4. I can’t remember if I was in Kauai a week before you or a week after you, Denise. The whales were breaching and blowing and what a glorious sight. I’m so glad you got to enjoy them. And your tanka prose is glorious magical indeed. The awe is deep.

    1. I can’t remember either, we were there the second week in December. It’s an amazing sight for sure! Glad we both got that magical experience. Very deep! Xo

    1. It was amazing, David 🙂 I’m so happy I got to experience it. I hope you get to as well.

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