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Haiku (Sailfish)
by Butch Howard

Tuesday, January 09, 2007
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-recollections of my son's first sailfish

the sea was angry

winds whipped up a salty spray

his sailfish dances


little boy’s sharp eyes

fixed upon cobalt blue speed

across silver waves


ripping line from reel

rod double bent -white knuckles

his proud old man smiles


grabbing spiny snout

bare hand torn -ignoring pain

you have him now, son


rainbow colors shine

iridescent spirit fades

pictures snapped in haste


his freedom restored

hearts pumping hot blood, calming

Godspeed, blue specter!

Butch Howard
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Reviewed by A PAX 1/23/2007
All good indeed
but I must confess I do have a favorite

rainbow colors shine

iridescent spirit fades

pictures snapped in haste

pax A
Reviewed by ~ Holly Harbridge (Reader) 1/17/2007
These are the memories that last for a lifetime.
Reviewed by Myrna Badgerow 1/15/2007
What a treasured memory! Growing up along the bayous has given me many such memories over the years.. excellent haiku also!
Reviewed by Anna M 1/12/2007
Beautiful and vivid. You capture a milestone event well in your lively and creative writing. All the best,
Reviewed by Jane Rodway 1/12/2007
This is wonderful, the photo really makes it come alive:)
Reviewed by Mitzi Jackson 1/12/2007
wow what a picture
can imagine what it must of been being there
very exciting write!!!
Reviewed by Taylor Ryan 1/12/2007
What a treat this is, Butch, to have the opportunity to share one of your son's firsts and in addition to see it expressed through the watchful and loving eye of his father. Man and nature cast in the perfect medium. What an adventure for both of you and so well crafted in Haiku chain. Someoneonce told me that once I had written a chain, I should pick the one that, to me, said it all.
"little boy’s sharp eyes
fixed upon cobalt blue speed
across silver waves"
Perfection proud Papa....this was my pleasure to read.
Taylor xo
Reviewed by jude forese 1/11/2007
you've managed to reel in quite a poetic catch ...
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 1/11/2007
Very good! Love the pic, and especially the last one.
Reviewed by richard cederberg 1/10/2007
Just bloody excellent Butch.

Series of six - I am also fond of that application. Something complete about it. You tie into one of those, you often have the fight of a lifetime.

Light and Wisdom ...
Richard Lloyd Cederberg
Reviewed by Joyce Bowling 1/9/2007
Beautiful write, to describe a beautiful moment in your life. Loved the's a keeper, just like the fish!
Joyce Bowling
Reviewed by J M 1/9/2007
Butch these are glorious kus thank you enjoyed theseso much.
Reviewed by Connie Faust 1/9/2007
Beautiful, Butch! I can feel the excitement, and picture the struggle. What a proud day for you both! The photo is great!

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