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.
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
Can’t stay topside anymore
Put my gear on and giant stride
Here I dive in the night or day
Let the boat capsize!
Depth never bothered me anyway.
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.
-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)
a series of splashes
smiles hidden by snorkels and masks
giggles heard only by fish
a descent into the unknown
leaving a trail of bubbles
the sorrow of certain ascent
the sinuous swim in seeking
a slow paddle of curiosity
dances choreographed in a universal language
a feeding frenzy
a spectrum of fleeting apparitions
memories recorded by the circuitry of eye and mind
the clink of conversation
classy stories and classless jokes
beacons of light painted on a dark canvas
an album of many collections
filled with personal reflections
shared celebrations and disappointments
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