The Bonaire Poetry winners

Let it go! Steals the show!

What a first poetry contest of Kids Sea Camp of the KSC summer! We had everything; deep thoughtful, personal and funny poems — and then we had Tanya Conklin.

Kids Sea Camp, Poetry, Buddy Dive, Bonaire

Tanya Conklin enjoys the joys of her families first Kids Sea Camp vacation in Bonaire at Buddy Dive Resort.

Tanya Conklin, the mother of two beautiful daughters was quiet and reserved all week. Pleasant, kind and (well, just a very nice unassuming person). She had a smile on her face all week and said “good morning” at breakfast everytime she saw me.

But on poetry night, Tanya blasted into Frozen’s “Let it Go” with such force everyone was awestruck. Not only was it the best performance of the night, it might well be one of the best performances of the KSC summer. Tanya Conklin really knows how to “Let it go.”

(To the tune of Frozen’s Let it Go)

The wind blows strong on Bonaire tonight
Not a frogfish to be seen
It’s a kingdom of wrasse and blennies
Look, there goes a Queen
The current’s raging like the kids at drop off time
I know they would like it
If only they would try
I must get in
I must go see
Be the good diver I always have to be
No touch, No take
The rules for me
I’m free!
Down Below 
Down Below
Can’t stay topside anymore
Down Below
Down Below
Put my gear on and giant stride
Here I dive in the night or day
Let the boat capsize!
Depth never bothered me anyway.

Tanya Conklin

Sacred Shapes

by Jess Reese

In an arid world, searching for a Golden Mean.
The maple’s triangle, Orion the Hunter’s hourglass,
The river’s sinuous serpentine.
This thirst is only quenched in a drenched domain.
Lost in the labyrinth of boulders.
Transfixed by a jelly’s translucent shoulders.
Ascending the spirals of feathery Christmas trees,
I marvel at the harmony of spheres,
And allow myself to be seduced by the symmetry
Of encrusting creatures.
The perfect circle of the inhale and the exhale.
God’s Geometry.
-Jess Reese, 6/25/15
Bonaire; Kids Sea Camp

Vernon White’s Poem:

Cow fish, hog fish

Eels, oh my!

Then it appeared:

Charlie’s giant eye!!

I swam, he swam

I looked, he looked back at me

Two bodies, enjoying the Carribean sea

Thanks Kids Sea Camp!


Jackie Horak’s Poem:

New friends, new swims

Scuba = Yes!

Smoothies, parrot fish

Donkeys = Check!

And glass-bottom jellyfish fields =

Let us never forget!

Thank you Kids Sea Camp!

Life Is (by Darrel Reese)

Life is

    a series of splashes

smiles hidden by snorkels and masks

giggles heard only by fish

Life is

    a descent into the unknown

leaving a trail of bubbles

the sorrow of certain ascent

Life is

    the sinuous swim in seeking

a slow paddle of curiosity

dances choreographed in a universal language

Life is

    a feeding frenzy

a spectrum of fleeting apparitions

memories recorded by the circuitry of eye and mind

Life is

   the clink of conversation

classy stories and classless jokes

beacons of light painted on a dark canvas

Life is

    an album of many collections

filled with personal reflections

shared celebrations and disappointments

Life is

the inhale at sunrise

meandering footprints in the sand

the exhale of sunset

Life is fun

    Life is family

Family is life.

Kids Sea Camp in Bonaire

Is my June affair.

Diving first time at age 12 is

Serious fun under the Sun.

Sure we feel we’re on the run,

Early morning after we rise,

Adventure is ahead of us.

Campers we all are,

Adults and kids alike.

Make the best of ourselves,

Pack away fun and experience.

Written by Daniel and Zsolt Orban, read by Daniel