Poem: Sea jellies

Last Saturday, August 26, my family and I celebrated my birthday (August 27) in Sarasota, Fla. My family and I visited my older daughter, who is attending college in Sarasota. First, we went to the Columbia Restaurant at St. Armands Circle for lunch. I had a delicious meal there. I had the half-and-half combo of a Cuban sandwich and a bean soup, plus a glass of Cafe Caesar.

Then we went to Mote Aquarium. We of course saw many forms of marine life such as sharks, turtles, and even a manatee. We saw the remains of a 27-foot-long giant squid named Molly the Mollusk.

Sea jellies were exhibited at the aquarium too. I posted a video of them swimming in the tank at the aquarium. I have to admit, when I was a child, jellyfish looked scary to me. Now, they don’t seem so bad appearance-wise (at least, these moon jellies don’t). So below is a haiku I wrote about sea jellies. I had written haikus before but in a 5-7-5 format. The following poem about sea jellies is in 3-5-3, the first time I have written a haiku in this format.

living ghosts
light up dark waters
white haunts blue

Teresa Sargeant is an award-winning journalist and author. She released her first collection of short stories “Inner Demons” in October 2020. She is the author of the short story ebooks “Eve the First,” “For My Sister,” and “Sammy’s Butterflies” “A Symphony of Silence” is her second poetry collection. Her latest short story “Healing” is published on Short Fiction Break.