“Famous Sea Lions Leave in Droves” (Neal Whitman)



cold day at the beach—
a man casts his line
only twice





“Famous Sea Lions Leave in Droves” (USA Today)


Poem by Neal Whitman (see poet biographies). Read more by this poet.




  1. Editor

    I love the simplicity of this one Neal. A quiet image. Lovely work!!

  2. Neal Whitman

    Dear Editor (and you are dear),

    Thank you for your continued encouagement for me to write and for giving me “real” news to read every day. This haiku was not written with “poetic license” (that is, out of my imagination) but in what some haikuists commit to: an actual observation when I was a guest at a beach house on Monterey Bay on California’s Central Coast. A bonus for me is that this haiku expresses my rule of not submitting to a journal if I did not get a “bite” after two submissions. After two tries, time to go to another beach. But, that’s just me.

    Amicus poeticae,


  3. Laurence Stacey

    I have to agree! This is an excellent poem Neal. There is a deep sense of sabi here that really brings the images to life.

  4. Neal Whitman

    Thank you. And, yes I also can see the midnight bus and moonight. You know sabi and sense the solitude that is with fellow passengers.

    Fellow Heron’s Nester,

  5. Dick Whyte

    I think that is what makes the poem so successful – you can feel the “sketched from life” aspect of it – and the truth of it works so well. A great work!

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