Miami Night; a Haibun

I was living in Miami during my ashram days in the early 70s. After having dinner out one evening my husband and I decided to take a walk down on the beach by Biscayne Bay.  The moon was out and it was a balmy, breezy night in summer.  We reached the beach and walked hand-in-hand along the shallow tide.  There didn’t appear to be any other people along that stretch of beach and it was especially nice to have it to ourselves.  We walked further along when we made out a large, dark shape about mid way between the dunes and the water’s edge.  As we drew closer we realized that it was an enormous sea turtle who was returning to the water after laying her eggs in the fine, white sand.  She lumbered along and soon met with the lapping waves that took her out to sea.  We watched as she disappeared.  I’ve never forgotten my first encounter with one of those amazing animals.

the depths harbor life
dunes provide incubators
sea oats wave goodbyes

Join us at dVerse Poets where Toni presents our latest Haibun Monday beginning at 3PM.

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  1. I enjoyed the walk with you,Gayle. It’s a beauiftul location in Miami.
    Just watched a few months ago the turtles on Manasota Beach laid their eggs.
    It a marvel to see.
    Your Haibun describes it perfectly. Lovely words ….
    Isadora 😎


    • So glad you did, Isadora, thank you. Miami was a cool place to live back then…really enjoyed it. I’ve had a few encounters now with those sea turtles and even managed to touch one on her way back into the sea. (You’re not supposed to interfere with them in any way though.)

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      • YIKES … my friend lives on the beach so I know about the strict rules. She has to keep her porch lights off during those times when the turtle are nesting and when the babies are going out to see. But, you were giving it your spiritual guidance so let’s say, ‘It’s okay’.
        Happy Holidays to you and your family.
        May ‘2017’ be filled with more love than your heart can hold. 😍❤️😍
        Blessings of the Season
        Isadora 😎


        • We visited Sanibel Island over the summer and at checkout were told it was nesting season and to keep our porch light off at night and to draw our curtains tight so as not to confuse any hatchlings trying to find the water. I do understand the seriousness but could not help myself to reach out to a mother turtle on her way back into the sea. Just one small touch…I hope it was ‘okay.’ Happy Holidays to you and your family as well, Izzy. May blessings of peace and abundance flow freely! Love, Gayle xo

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          • With your positive energy emiting, the turtle must have floated happpily away. 🐢Thank you for the holiday blessings. Our blog friendship has been a blessing from the beginning. To have it lasted so thing is a miracle to our commitment to touch hearts from time to time. Namaste 🙏🏻


            • I’m hoping that I didn’t deter that turtle in any way. I don’t think I did. She probably didn’t even feel my touch on her hard shell. I feel the same way about our connection beginning those many years ago at at our little writing group. And now look at us, blogging away and we’ve stayed in touch and made many new friends. We’ve been blessed for sure. Namaste, Izzy! xo 🙂

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  2. What a wonderful encounter! My husband comes from Miami, and we have taken that walk down the ocean. But we never saw….or I never saw, a sea turtle. I can see how it would be memorable. Great ending haiku!


  3. Powerful memory beautifully shared. I swam with Sea Turtles in Hawaii and their presence is incredible.So humbling.


  4. What an incredible experience! Such wondrous and amazing creautures. I so enjoyed this walk with you. And the haiku…so gentle and full of peace.


    • Yes, it really was and I’ve seen others since that first time…different beaches. You will never forget it once you’ve seen them. Thank you, too.


  5. An amazing experience well told, Gayle. I love the last line of the haiku!

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  6. Oh wow! That just sounds like an amazing encounter. Thank you so much for letting me share it.


  7. Cool! 🙂


  8. What a great memory to treasure Gayle, thanks for sharing that one..


  9. The creatures who share this Earth with us are amazing, as you mentioned, even when we take them for granted.


  10. I’m smiling ear to ear, Gayle, as I had a very similar experience in Lake Worth FL when I was a bridesmaid for a cousin. I was still in High School, having fun with the rest of the wedding party (all college grads) on the beach at night when I went to sit on what I thought was a rock. Thankfully, one of the guys grabbed me.


  11. What a magical encounter Gayle ~ I would love to see those giant turtles in the sands and going out to the water ~ Indeed the depths habor life ~


  12. Glenn Buttkus

     /  December 12, 2016

    My wife & I saw the great sea turtles on the black sand beaches of the big island–Hawaii. Loved your evening’s stroll, but it was so romantic in its opening, I thought you & Hubs would make love on the beach; silly me.


    • Well, we may have ended up making love out there but perhaps we were interrupted by that gigantic sea turtle! Actually not such a silly idea, Glenn.


  13. Sounds so deliciously warm.


  14. Bless – what a lovely encounter with nature – and I hope her babies survived and went out to sea!


    • It really was amazing, Marina. That’s one thing I’ve never seen though, the hatchlings heading for the water. I hope to one day.


      • Speaking of which, I just saw last night a heartbreaking episode of Planet Earth 2, where the hatchlings get confused by all the bright lights and head for the city instead of the water and get crushed by cars instead.


        • It’s sadly true. We were on the west coast of Florida this summer during nesting (and hatching) season and at check in at our hotel were told to keep our porch lights turned off after dark and keep our curtains closed so the lights wouldn’t create a problem. It’s serious business on the beaches during this time.


  15. A wonderful encounter, a moment I have only seen on TV, I can only imagine what it is for real with such an encounter.


    • It’s pretty astounding, Bjorn, they’re just so big and they have to pull themselves so far up on the beach to lay their eggs and then return to the water. No easy task with only flippers.


  16. What a special moment of nature to witness. I have never seen a sea turtle. These haibuns this week are lengthening my bucket list!


  17. Anonymous

     /  December 15, 2016

    Such simple things bring delights. Your writing is beautiful.



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