Poetry Friday & A Narrow Escape

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It’s Poetry Friday! My friend and Head Swapeuse Tabatha is hosting at The Opposite of Indifference.

Today I’m sharing a poem I wrote based on an experience my stepdaughter Sarah had this summer. She was swimming in the Mediterranean while in Spain, and had a close encounter with a jelly fish. Probably not this type, which is a sea wasp jellyfish, but the photo fit my needs for a canvas.

I created the image using a new-to-me program called Canva. It has a lot of fun tools. I adapted an existing design using a photo from Wikimedia Commons (which itself is a retouched picture — cropped and color adjusted by Mithril. Original by Guido Gautsch, Toyota, Japan).

When I lived in California, I loved to go to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and relax while watching the jellyfish. They mesmerize me, with their graceful motion . . . odd they seem so soothing when their sting can be so painful. Or, as one YouTube commenter put it, “Such beautiful, gelatinous blobs of concentrated pain.” Watch a video here.



Author: Keri

10 thoughts on “Poetry Friday & A Narrow Escape

  1. People are always finding such cool new programs! Thanks for sharing this with us, Keri! “Clear” and “narrow” are such good double-duty words for a jellyfish poem 🙂 I think the YouTube commenter’s description almost sounds like a poem, too.

  2. Ooo, a new tool to explore! I like what you’ve done today, Keri! The saturated color is great with this haiku.

  3. Canva sounds cool–Will have to look it up. I love your cool blue haiku. I posted your poetry swap poem on my blog today–thank you again for the wonderful poem!

  4. Canva is lovely. It’s fairly easy to use and is something I suggest to people who like to make something beautiful (such as your poster) without needing to learn all that photoshop stuff.

    Simple poem. I like the images of clear sea and narrow, the translucent jelly fish sort of matches those words.

  5. I know Canva, a terrific program to use in so many ways. Glad that your daughter escaped. My daughter did not a few years ago when we were on the Mexican side of the Gulf. It was not fun for her. Your poem shows the problem well; one cannot ‘see’ that the jellyfish are there.

  6. Excellent and beautiful. Thanks for the education. I’ll have to check out Canva too.
    The jellyfish exhibit at the Monterey Aquarium is awesome. There is something really calming to me about watching the jellyfish move in the water.

  7. Jellyfish really stretch the boundaries of what it is to be an animal, don’t they? I’ve only ever seen tiny freshwater jellyfish in the wild. I think I’ll pass on encountering one in the ocean!

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