Haiku is about “seeing”—about paying attention to a moment in nature and capturing that moment, like a snapshot, on paper with words (before it disappears).
My husband and I recently took a drive to Cambria on the northern California coast to celebrate my birthday. Rather than keep a written journal, I like to poetically record what I see in my travels. I’m sharing some of my travel haiku here today. Some attempts are better than others but hopefully, you can “see” what I saw through the imagery in these poems.
I’ve also included a few photos of the beach near my hotel and of Seal Beach where thousands of seals gather to birth and care for their babies (that was a joy to experience!). Perhaps the photos will inspire a haiku of your own. Click here for information on how to start a Haiku Journal like the famous Japanese poet, Matsuo Basho. And More travel haiku can be found here.
early morning walk I wrap myself in layers, soft blankets of fog ©Danna Smith pink mimosa sky, the ocean finds your smile intoxicating ©Danna Smith
sandy winter beach, elephant seals gather for a new beginning ©Danna Smith birds trumpet in sky, waves crash in a crescendo, nature writes a song ©Danna Smith birthday morning sky, vultures circle overhead "not yet, boys, not yet" ©Danna Smith
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2 thoughts on “Travel Haiku: Cambria California”
Wonderful words to stir up one’s soul!
Thank you, Linda. I’m happy you enjoyed it! 🙂