Pura Vida Cruise

Dolphin Costa Rica

We ignored dark clouds in the distance,
snorkeled drenched in sunshine,
cheered dolphins that torpedoed by.

The sky blackened
and unleashed a whirlwind,
thunderclaps and lightning
booming, slamming, smashing.

I cowered,
but they cranked the music
and danced Salsa on the deck.

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About Marcy

I blog about trying to get out of my comfort zone, completing 101 things in 1001 days (and beyond), and writing my memoirs. My book: Timid No More.
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28 Responses to Pura Vida Cruise

  1. TNKerr says:

    Dancing on the wet decks in the rain. Now that’s livin’. La pura vida indeed.
    This is really good Marcy.

  2. Tina says:

    I would have cowered a bit, too!
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    • Marcy says:

      Yeah, but the others really lifted my mood in a hurry. It was surreal to feel fear change to happiness so quickly. (OK, still with some fear in there.)

  3. For some reason, this made me think of “Nero fiddled while Rome burned.” I guess everyone thought if the music was loud enough, they would be okay. Obviously it turned out okay since you are alive to write, but it sounds scary to me!
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    • Marcy says:

      Yes, I think for the crew, they had seen similar storms many times and knew what to expect, and then the passengers followed their lead. It was a cool experience.

  4. Mridubala says:

    Given the situation, I would have done the same as you…glad you added Costa Rican waves to the prompt 🙂
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  5. Electric storms are scary but also beautiful – I think I would have been up there dancing too with a dark & stormy in hand! When I first read this, I thought it was going to end with the snorklers stranded out at sea, no one hearing their cries for help – but im relieved you got back on board ok! Enjoyed this v much!
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    • Marcy says:

      They are beautiful! The thunder was SO loud, though–I don’t know if the water could have made it sound louder or what, but it was the loudest I have ever heard. Thanks.

  6. Susan Shuman says:

    I like this a lot. Love the torpedoing dolphins…and the whole thing, actually! 🙂
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  7. Nathan James says:

    That sounds exhilarating, but I’d probably be cowering too. At least until I grew my sea legs!
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  8. Christine says:

    You’ve got some really nice imagery throughout, but I LOVE that last stanza. Nice work!
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  9. Silverleaf says:

    I worry about everything and can always see the worst coming over the horizon. So I hear you! I love that the music and dancing swept you up and made everything ok.
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    • Marcy says:

      Thanks–I like what you said about the worst coming over the horizon. That’s such a cool-scary thing about storms approaching at sea.

  10. Great write, and the way you use words is awesome. Sounds like such fun until the cower-inducing-thunder comes, but then dancing the Salsa can make anyone happy.
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    • Marcy says:

      Salsa popped up a few times during my trip–so joyful! Well, for people who don’t have two left feet, or OK, even for those who do 🙂

  11. Dancing salsa in a storm, brilliant. I love this line: “snorkeled drenched in sunshine.”
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  12. ywcourtenay says:

    Great sense of foreboding! Who can’t say they’ve danced on despite a gathering storm?
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  13. Sarah Ann says:

    That was some storm! Love the descriptions of its slamming and smashing. Perhaps the only thing to do is turn up the music and enjoy the view.

  14. Jetgirl says:

    Oh, I like this one very much! Indeed, if the music is loud enough, you can ignore the thunder and enjoy the lightning show 🙂
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