Sunday, August 18, 2013

Poetry Pantry #163



Tauranga, New Zealand, jet boating adventure

Tauranga, New Zealand,  jet boating

Greetings, Poets!  

Glad to see each of you here this week. Hope you each had a poetic week & also will share one of your poems here.  It is always fun to get to know you through your poetry; and I hope you feel the same.  

The pictures above were taken in Tauranga, New Zealand.  I tried jet boating, which scared me, but I did it.  It really was a 'wild adventure,' but sometimes it is good to challenge oneself and conquer one's fears.  I am in the second row, second from the right. In the comments, perhaps you could mention what you have done that made you face your fear.

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65 comments:

  1. Hmmm...what have I done to face my fear...? I'm going to go with snowboarding...I wish I could say I was a natural at it but um, not so much. My oldest sons are, but I'm better at throwing snowballs or watching and drinking something warm lol. Happy Sunday, hope everyone is enjoying August!

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    1. The best part about snow is drinking hot chocolate while sitting curled up next to the heater! Don't think I could handle snowboarding or any form of snow recreation for that matter!

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    2. Now snowboarding would really scare me. Ha, I would join the group watching and drinking a warm beverage.

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  2. I have a fear of heights. Going up the mountain in an unenclosed 2 seater chair lift; so high up that the river looked like a shoe lace string and having it break down, swaying in the breeze until they got it started again..It is winter here but not really..spring has come early...sunny warm and I have only worn a winter coat once this year...those who do not believe the world is getting warmer should come down under:)

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    1. Yikes, having something break down when going up a mountain,,,,,,scary. Not a time one wants to sway in the breeze.

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  3. Wow, it's hard for me to even get on a roller coaster knowing that it is a controlled environment. Don't think that I could get in that jet boat unless there was an extreme amount of peer pressure! The last roller coaster I went on was about 20 years ago!

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    1. But now that I have done the jet boat I would do it again in a heartbeat. I ave been on a roller coaster and cannot say the same about that. Smiles.

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  4. Love to watch but get into that boat - that would be just too hard.

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  5. I think jet boating would frighten me too but it certainly looks exciting!
    Heights tend to frighten me. But I have been to places where I could forget this and enjoy what was around me!

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  6. 'Please listen carefully to the following safety announcements; in case of emergency you will hear short blasts, followed by one prolonged blast. Please gather at the life rafts which are situated…....' (something like this) we heard, as soon as we boarded a big boat, for an overnight cruise down the mighty river Zambezi in Zimbabwe-and the river was (still is..) full of crocs, hippos, snakes and other wild animals.It scared us to death!! What happened next... is yet, another story!! I don't think I will ever get over that fear
    I shall write about my experience sometime.

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    1. Ha, that announcement definitely would not make for a restful sleep. I do hope you will write that story sometime, Panchali.

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    2. Panchali,
      I tried to post this comment at your blog but I couidn't (not using any of the 3 (wpress/twit/FB) Just have to post it here then:

      "I had traveled by train from (previously known) Calcutta across the subcontinent through Ahmedabad (a stopover) Nagpur and ended in Mumbai. It was dry and hot and it was not even summer yet then ( April) I can well imagine what is summer if that's the case. Rain is a blessing obviously! Nicely Panchali!"

      Hank

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    3. Thanks for taking this effort, Hank, to post this comment. I do appreciate :)
      I can see, you've traveled quite extensively, Hank...and April months are quite tormenting here, as summer months set in from this month... :) Now,...it's raining everywhere,so we're a bit relieved. It's certainly a blessing. Smiles..
      Thanks a lot!!

      Thanks Mary, for the buzz...I am grateful :))

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  7. I faced my fears most walking in high school hallways after back injury. Second to that would be the time in the late 1970s in Michigan when I helped 20 others hold up a large tent by bracing its poles and ropes during a hurricane (20 miles away). The ground I was standing on kept washing away!

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    1. Sounds frightening indeed. It would not have been a hurricane though in Michigan, as Michigan is not near the ocean. Perhaps just a super rainstorm.

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    2. Was it a tornado then? What comes with the dumping rain and horizontal lightning?

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    3. Susan, it could be a tornado!!! But I wouldn't be standing out with a tent under any circumstances in a tornado!!! No tent is worth loss of life. Basements are the rule.

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  8. I can say that white water rafting would not be my thing. I am going back to school (for the first time) and I am both terrified and excited.

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    1. Good luck to you!! Change is always hard.

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  9. smiles....good morning mary....will probably join in later today...if not i will be back next week...and i'll read some in the mean time any way....

    rappeled off a 300 cliff once...heights (large heights) are def a thing for me...but not so much about myself but for my kids...ha....something happening to my kids is the worst fear for me....

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    1. Now rappelling would be something I would NOT have tried. Ha!! And I understand about something happening to one's kids. Now THAT is fear!

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  10. I went climbing today, scared me.. I have a slight fear of heights.

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    1. What kind of climbing? Side of a cliff?

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  11. Good morning everyone ~ Happy Sunday ~

    I am scared of heights and closest one I have tried is riding the boat, Maids of the Mist to go closer to the Niagara Falls ~ We all wore rainjackets but we all got wet and dizzy anyway ~ SMILES ~

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    1. Oh, but it must have been so exciting to get close to Niagara Falls....but still I can imagine the fear. (Ha, I think I woud rather be at the bottom of the falls than the top!! )

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  12. I applaud your courage, Mary. Looks like fun. Since I had my kids, my fear factor has gone waaaaaay up. Before I was a daredevil...not so much now. Now my children are - especially my daughter who climbs every chance she gets. :)

    Looking forward to reading everyone's amazing writing.

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    1. Ha ha, for everything there is a season. Let the torch pass to the next generation. Smiles.

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  13. I have to admit I'm a devout coward! :)

    Happy Sunday!

    Madeleine Begun Kane


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  14. I am not writing much at present - maybe a poem a week - so I am sharing what I have.

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  15. Learning to ski scared the heck out of me. I did it anyway. I was, then, and still am, a klutz! Happy Sunday!

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    1. I tried ONCE to learn to ski. I will emphasize the word "once." Enough said. Smiles.

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    2. how I feel for you,Mary...My try took couple times...I share the photo/haiku today....:)

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  16. Jet boating, wow, what a wonderful adventure! Great photos.

    Happy Sunday, everyone. Today, I'm sharing ... a dream :)

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  17. I must confess, confronting my fears is not my strong point...kudos to you for confronting yours! Jet boating sounds fun - and a bit scary! :)

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    1. You know, Sherri, it WAS fun. The worst thing was just getting into the boat and waiting, not knowing what one was anticipating.

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  18. I'm afraid of heights but climbed the steep steps to the fifth century monastic colony atop Skellig Michael off the coast of Ireland. I kept telling myself that monks made the climb in robes and sandals, I should survive. Overcoming fear and visiting a space on earth that so few people will ever see is my proudest achievement.

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    1. Good for you, Beth. I like the way you talked yourself into it. And now you have the wonderful memories.

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  19. The looking down? The water slapping your friend HARD who went first, and didn't quite get vertical? The hooting and cat calls of those behind or already in the water? The fall? The momentary vertigo beneath the surface? Lungs calling out for air behind closed lips?

    Breaking into the clear, making it all worth it...

    ~ M

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    1. This leaves me breathless. Diving?

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    2. Hi Mary - even just jumping from a high height! Thanks for welcoming me to your Pantry. ~ M

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  20. Hello everyone, My first time her on recommendation - looking forward to sharing and the mutual encouragement and inspiration that comes with that... With best Wishes Scott www.scotthastie.com

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  21. Sorry, forgot to say this piece is essentially an aspirational piece about the fear of pain and loss - hope you like it...

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  22. I get performance anxiety all the time--and yet, that is what I do--teach voice and sing in public--does that qualify? Happy Sunday to everyone--I am glad to be home after several weeks on the road

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    1. Wow -- every time!!! But perhaps all the adrenalin helps you do the best possible job? Welcome back home, Audrey.

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  23. Mary,

    I am very late in the day to The Pantry, but I wanted to visit, as I shall be in France next week.

    Felt great fear after watching a television programme about my birth city of Belfast and another summer of mayhem and violence...I felt fearful from a distance, thank fully.

    Eileen

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    1. Eileen, I can understand that very real fear.

      Have a great time in France!!

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  24. Liz, can you please link your poem again? It is showing as error ~

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  25. Hello Mary, hello everyone,

    I have written about my personal fears of facing continued adversity. I don't know if that comes through in my writing, but I just thought of sharing it.

    I love this community, and am so glad I joined last Saturday. Thank you for all the comments thus far and feedback, I appreciate all of you and your talent, all far larger than mine. Cheers, xoxo... :)

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  26. Great pics Mary! I am so happy you faced your fear~ One of mine was to waitress-I tend to spill and drop things. I was a hostess who hoped to never waitress. Yet, I did and I was good at it :D
    This was in my 20s.

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    1. I think being a waitress is HARD work!!!

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  27. Thank you for letting me into your pantry again Mary - much appreciated.
    Anna :o]

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    1. You are always welcome here. Glad to see you.

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  28. Hello friends, I have written about silence.....my net connection was silenced for several days. It's nice to be in touch with you again.

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  29. Hello. Thanks for the link up. Mine is from a couple of weeks ago. I have difficulty writing new poems lately.
    I will be back later (after I've done some chores) to visit other poems. :-)

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    1. Ha, I just read your poem about chores!! Smiles. They really hold people captive, don't they???

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  30. Phew! made it!
    so sorry, Mary. i missed linking my post earlier.

    i used to have a fear of birds (no, it has nothing to do with Hitchcock) but the fear factor seems to have dropped a few notches as i grow older. :)

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    1. Interesting!! I am not a great fan of vultures, but I wouldn't say I fear them. I DO sometimes fear the geese that hang around in a local park. They are very territorial and have been known to follow us...that does scare me sometimes!

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