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I kayak to reconnect with what I lose by being apart of the rat race.  Work dulls my senses.  I quickly travel isolated in a “box” to work.  I work in a different box.  I exist at work by seconds marked out on a clock.  To paddle is to leave the rat race, my car, my cubical at work, and my watch at home.  I am always amazed by some of the professional paddlers I have met and read about that actually turn an expedition into a rat race.  Paddling is all about reconnecting to nature.  And my wife always remarks at how relaxed I am when I get home.

(Guys…there are logical steps to keeping your wife happy and supportive of your adventures…I will elaborate on the things I have learned from wiser men in a future post)

This paddle for me is about reveling in the interesting landscapes along the historical Suwannee River.  I will be exploring every nook and cranny with the eyes of a toddler.  Sean and I are not planning on traveling fast.  Nor will we have a moment of boredom. To paraphrase “Forrest Gump” (1994) “when we get tired, we’ ll sleep, when we get hungry, we’ ll eat,  [when the water beckons] we’ ll go.”  We will be like the feather dancing with the wind.

forrest-gump-feather

Maybe I am odd in thinking like a “Soul Surfer” that riding the water is a gift that we are lucky to catch at that moment in time. But I am not alone in thinking that.  I have had the pleasure of meeting some professional paddlers that agree that “riding the water is a gift that we are lucky to catch at that moment in time”.  Moreover, they acknowledge how lucky they are to be able to make a modest living being a professional paddler.  It is easy to get into the trap of making a past-time into a rat race of a job.

I feel sorry for those people who turn paddling into a fast pace job.  And need a vacation to relax after they have finished paddling.

Thinking deeply – Jeff

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Haiku – to sooth a kayaker’s soul

Posted: April 10, 2009 by Jeff Fabiszewski in Entertainment, Poem
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Sometimes at work I get the need to paddle away my stress.  Unfortunately, I cannot just up and leave to go kayaking.  So, I walk away from my desk and read a book or magazine.  If I do not have the time for that I reflect on the freedom that I experience when I am outdoors.  To help with my reflection I sometimes pray or I think about a poem.haiku

There are several poems that I enjoy.  I meditate on  “The Vacation” by Wendell Berry, “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” by Dylan Thomas, and then there are these following Haiku.  I enjoy reading haiku because of its brief and visually simple format. Each poem conveys a new meaning every time it I read it. This poetic format helps me relax at work. I hope you enjoy these poems as much as I do. —Jeff

Basho

At the ancient pond

a frog plunges into

the sound of water

Buson

In seasonal rain

along a nameless river

fear too has no name

Shoha

When the bush warbler

sings, the old frog belches

his reply

Poem: “The Vacation” by Wendell Berry

Posted: March 25, 2009 by Jeff Fabiszewski in Books, Entertainment, Poem
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I find inspiration in many things.  Poetry is one thing that helps me keep my smile.  Usually I read haiku; however, a poem by Wendell Berry recently struck me.

The Vacation

Once there was a man who filmed his vacation.
He went flying down the river in his boat
with his video camera to his eye, making
a moving picture of the moving river
upon which his sleek boat moved swiftly
toward the end of his vacation. He showed
his vacation to his camera, which pictured it,
preserving it forever: the river, the trees,
the sky, the light, the bow of his rushing boat
behind which he stood with his camera
preserving his vacation even as he was living it
so that after he had had it he would still
have it. It would be there. With a flick
of a switch, there it would be. But he
would not be in it. He would never be in it.

Wendell Berry is the author of more than forty books of essays, poetry and novels. He has worked a farm in Henry County, Kentucky since 1965. He is a former professor of English at the University of Kentucky and a past fellow of both the Guggenheim Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. He has received numerous awards for his work, including an award from the National Institute and Academy of Arts and Letters in 1971, and most recently, the T.S. Eliot Award.

You can find the book where this poem is written in at Amazon or Barnes & Noble

—Jeff