Cloudy afternoon…in the Birch Aquarium, La Jolla, the ocean life in the tanks is a fascinating array of fish coral eels sea horses kelp slugs jellies octopus and other creatures of the deep. The giant black jelly fish has the floating frills of a flamenco dancer…we watch awestruck as the flirtatious queen angelfish shows off its vivid colors against the coral and a purple fish whose name I don’t recall goes up and down the side of the tank, somersaults and comes down fast…a clown on a trapeze…others don’t move at all or sail slowly blimp like past the kelp…the myriad colors of healthy coral and the thin reed like transparent pipe fish camouflaged in the seahorses’ tank the flurry of sardines flashing silver as they all swim in one direction the sad humanoid wolf eels curled around rocks while a small sand fish busily digs into the sand goes busily back and forth bringing and depositing sand through its mouth…tide pools…we watch the hand feeding of shy giant lobsters crabs and tiny fish…a giant velvety black sea slug makes its way through the kelp while gold and black carp move between the starfish covered rocks…the distant cry of gulls and the excited babble of children as they lean in to touch the fish…as we lean over the railing,the sea and sky become one…
over the white sands
— angel fish
By Angelee Deodhar
Dr. Ms Angelee Deodhar is an eye surgeon by profession as well as a haiku poet, translator, and artist. She lives and works in India. Her haiku, haibun and haiga have been published internationally in various books and journals, and her work can be viewed on many websites. She does not maintain her own website.
To promote haiku in India, she has translated six books of haiku from English to Hindi. These include: If Someone Asks: Masaoka Shiki’s Life and Haiku (2005), Haiku: A Master’s Selection, edited by Miura Yuzuru (2006), Ogura Hyakunin Isshu: 100 Poems by 100 Poets (2007), Children’s Haiku from Around the World-A Haiku Primer (2007), Indian Haiku (2008), and The Distant Mountain: The Life and Haiku of Kobayashi Issa (2009).
In 2014 she edited the haibun anthology Journeys which featured 122 haibun by 25 writers from around the world.