Margo Roby, in her Tuesday Tryouts, http://margoroby.wordpress.com/2011/10/11/tuesday-tryouts-haibun-poetry-and-prose-hand-in-hand/, asks us to write a haibun: a combination of a narrative and a haiku.
UPDATE: After suggestions by Margo and Paula Wanken, I rewrote my narrative section. It still doesn’t feel like poetry, but it is better.
UPDATE 2: Paula took a look at my first update and made additional suggestions and did some editing to show me how to cut out the dross. I believe it is finally starting to look like something.
My exploration of the replica of the Santa Clara (called the Nina by her crew) was not at all like being her passenger. Her austere main deck of only 1,900 square feet was where the 20-man crew competed with masts and sails for space to work, eat, and sleep. The hold below was used only for storage of supplies and trade goods. These sailors were exposed to the elements with no relief. Months-long voyages through heavy seas, driving rain, blazing heat, and icy cold to travel to the New World.
The spirit of explorers
When seeking new lands
Writing note: Sunday, we took two of our grandsons to the Grafton, Illinois, dock on the Mississippi River. The full-scale reproductions of the Niña and the Pinta, http://www.thenina.com/, two of the ships of Christopher Columbus, were there on display. In the above photo, one can see how little of the deck is available for crew to live on.