Starfish: A Haiku


Here is a photo I took last week of a starfish washed up on Tennessee Beach just after high tide here in Marin County, California. After spending a few moments admiring its shape, solidity, color, and texture, I tossed it back into the ocean, wishing life and renewal for us both.

Below is a haiku inspired by the photo. Please feel free to share any haiku that comes to you as you sit with the photo. (A traditional haiku is 3 lines: 5 syllables, 7 syllables and 5 syllables.)

Fallen from the sea,

A starfish rhumbas across

sand, yearning for home. 

P.S. Join us on Saturday, December 1 for a day retreat in which we will focus on the following question: “What is the divine to me now, how has that changed and how is this meaningful to my life today?” For more information and to register, visit the Classes page.

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10 Responses to Starfish: A Haiku

  1. David Livingston Styers says:

    Purple star of sea
    Reminds me of the other
    Star coming advent

  2. Stephanie says:

    Thanks Scott. Awesome photo and great pondering! Abundant blessings for your Thanksgiving.

    Ashore, left to dry,
    burped from the mellifluous sea.
    Sun bathes, son showers home.

    • scott says:

      Thank you Stephanie. I haven’t used or seen “mellifluous” in a very long time. Lovely! Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Cheryl Driscoll says:

    Five arms reaching out
    Embracing the sea, the sky.
    The tide recedes with a sigh.

    • scott says:

      Beautiful Cheryl! I love the embrace of the five arms and the tide receding with a sigh. Thank you for your creative gift that you shared. Peace and blessings, Scott

  4. Yumiko says:

    This is fun to do, Scott.
    I enjoyed my time with it.
    Thanks for the opportunity.

    feeling the tide move
    holding duality within
    dancing universe

    Have a nice Thanksgiving.
    I am sure you are going to have GREAT food.
    Nice seeing and spending time with you the other day.

    • scott says:

      Thank you Yumiko. I’m so glad you enjoyed it, and I really liked your haiku…especially the “dancing universe”. I enjoyed seeing you too, and am already grateful for the wonderful food to come. Happy Thanksgiving! Scott

  5. Hi Scott, we will be in a Visioning retreat for the Eremos Board Members on December 1st so I will be with you in the heart of God.

    • scott says:

      Thank you Jean. Bless you and your upcoming Visioning Retreat for Eremos. I hear there’s an Irish cook preparing for Thursday. Happy Thanksgiving! Scott

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