Monday, April 11, 2016

Thrill of being your own Skipper - a Haibun

                                                                                   Attribution: Peter van der Sluijs
Image: Leisurely spin (here)

Jetski or water-scooter is one of those known as PWCs (Personal water craft). They are small, fast, and easily handled.  Fairly easy to use, affordable, and their propulsion systems do not have external propellers, making them safer for swimmers and wildlife.  For these reasons, they are preferred for non-recreational use over small motorboats. Due to their speed and excellent maneuverability, police and rangers use them to enforce laws on lakes and rivers  - Wiki

At one time they were not allowed to be too close to shore as there were cases of mishaps involving swimmers. Their use were not regulated which contributed to this. The lack of communication and understanding among users led to haphazard rules and practice.

J for Jetski in ABC of Sports

The thrill of being your own skipper
On your own alone riding the waves
Akin to a Harley Davidson on water
Gangway! There he goes all the rave

Seawater angrily hitting his knees
Taste of salt like honey on his chest
He speeds like a demon just released
King of the waves atop the water's crest

A to Z Challenge
For Toni's Haibun Monday #11 - 
reach out/communication


  1. Can be fun indeed as one goes top speed out on the water.

  2. It must be fun if you like the water, I prefer to fly.
    Good write Hank.

  3. Nice poem, even if I don't like jetskis! :)

    Susan A Eames from
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

  4. I can't say I ever tried that but, I am sure it is thrilling.

  5. A Harley Davidson on water - now that is an apt description. I've always wanted to try one.

  6. So many things fall apart due to the lack of communication.

  7. To me they are mostly a nuisance - I prefer to go by kayak... But I see your point of them being better than boats for water and wildlife.

  8. communication gap is all the more dangerous...

  9. Jet skiing always such a lot of fun!! Well expressed, Hank.

  10. Lovely poem...king of the sea. As a former sailer on a catamaran, I cringed when jet skis came out to disturb the water and the quiet.

  11. It always looks very exciting from shore.