Ships Sail in Darkness
Welcome to those of you joining me from Disney Go To Girl or those of you who have just hopped aboard. I am the 3rd stop on our Magical Blogorail. Our challenge for this special Magical Blogorail loop is to interpret a Mouse of Zen haiku with a photo and personal memory. Before I can offer my interpretation, I have two confessions to make:
First, I’m a poetry geek. I majored in English in college and wrote my thesis on W.B. Yeats’ The Second Coming. I have far too many notebooks full of random verse that never quite saw the light of day.
Second, just between you and me, I hate haiku. I always have. I couldn’t stand it in grade school when they made us write them. I won’t bore you with my analysis of the form and my objections to it. Just suffice it to say, haiku is not my preferred form of expression.
So what’s a girl to do when faced with the chance to participate in a special Magical Blogorail loop (Yay!) on poetry (double yay!) that happens to be haiku (boo!)? Well, if you’re me, you jump on it, if nothing else to prove that even haiku can’t hold you down! Ok, now that I’ve got that off my chest, grab a cup of coffee and lets talk poetry!
ships sail in darkness
in search of virgin treasure
— The Mouse of Zen
I have great memories of watching the Main Street Electrical Parade at Disneyland, first with my parents when I was about 8 and later as a teenager with my friends. (Sorry, all images of that period have been burned!) When I visited Walt Disney World for the first time with my own family, this was the one parade I insisted we had to see. It was our last night at Disney, and Bill was dubious. Although he had been to Disney World as a kid, he had never seen the Main Street Electrical Parade. The kids were tired, we were tired, and it was late. He snapped photos of the parade by holding the camera over his head and snapping as many pictures as he could. Most were blurry, but he got some great shots like this one!
So….aside from the obvious ships sailing in the darkness reference, why this picture to interpret this poem? For our family, it was one of many new, virgin experiences, and definitely one we all treasure! Even Bill admits he’s glad I insisted on it.
I’ll leave that last line to your imagination…. 😉
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