wild sea full,
fleeing the bull shark
wild sea empty
I am an Australian poet, writer, blogger, psychologist, wife, mother of two children, autism and environmental advocate, and mad animal lover
Australian poem, Australian poetry, Gabrielle Bryden, modern poetry, poem, poetry, shark
January 6, 2012 at 2:43 pm
Note: that’s not a shark in the photo – it’s a humpback whale :). There were bull sharks in the sea the day before yesterday when hubby and kids were swimming – couple of metres out from shore so they got out of the water. I don’t have a photo of a shark.
January 6, 2012 at 4:42 pm
Perfect match of photo and words….don’t know that I would want to go for a swim either.
January 6, 2012 at 6:34 pm
Thanks slpmartin – all these critters are starting to give me the heebyjeebies 😉
January 6, 2012 at 5:00 pm
I used to have nightmares about sharks, when I was a kid. Oddly, I used to check under the bed, to make sure there wasn’t one lurking there.
hahahaha – you never know Martin (but much more likely to be an axe wielding teddy bear 😉 )
January 7, 2012 at 3:29 am
They say you’re safe if you can see the fin…it’s when it disappears that you need to worry…
January 7, 2012 at 10:24 am
Bwhahahaha – this is true (unless there is more than one shark in the water) 😉 thanks Tilly for the laugh
January 7, 2012 at 7:56 am
And just when I was contemplating heading off to the beach for a swim! Think I’ll head to the gym pool instead, haha (particularly as there was an attack down this way last week). Nice sinister poem, Gabe
January 7, 2012 at 10:25 am
Pools are lovely and safe bluebee – haha – there are more sharks around then usual at the moment (but you’re pretty safe as long as it’s not dawn or dusk when they feed the most). Thanks bb 🙂
January 7, 2012 at 10:17 am
i saw something on science channel about an evolution in the shark class, a “new” breed of sharks with some features apparently geared toward better survival capabilities in a wider range of temperatures, an adjustment, the scientists said, to global warming. also that they have developed greater strength as evidenced by larger musculature/bone density or something like that.
(i wonder what evolutions humans are having now……)
January 7, 2012 at 10:27 am
I read something similar and isn’t that scary – sharks will have a great ability to evolve and survive, particularly as they can move to whatever area of ocean they need to (though the acidification will be a problem I think) – we on the other hand are stuffed 😉
January 7, 2012 at 12:04 pm
Ah yes, my very favourite animal!
January 7, 2012 at 2:33 pm
Of course Graham 🙂
January 7, 2012 at 2:08 pm
I often read of sharks in your oceans there and off the coast here near Florida. A mighty presence in nature to be cautious of. Nicely written.
January 7, 2012 at 2:34 pm
Thanks Renee – caution is certainly required 😉
January 7, 2012 at 8:35 pm
I have great respect for sharks! Beautiful, graceful creatures… I hate the way that they are maligned when all they are doing is obeying nature and existing as best they can. Interesting, that bit about their evolution… Thanks, Gabe.
January 8, 2012 at 9:42 am
I agree and personally I hope the sharks do take over and humans become extinct!
January 8, 2012 at 10:22 am
A hawk that visits our yard periodically has the same affect. One moment lots of birds everywhere. Next moment there is only one bird, one very large hungry looking bird.
January 8, 2012 at 2:30 pm
Oh yes, the raptor affect 😉
January 14, 2012 at 9:34 am
This gave me a little chill. I’ve seen a few sharks over the years but thankfully I was always standing on the shore at the time. It’s interesting how we experience a frisson of fear when we see that fin. Always makes me think of that scene from Jaws where the shark starts eating the boat. That movie scared so many people.
I like the sense of emptiness you’ve created – vast and sinister.
January 14, 2012 at 10:07 am
Thanks Selma – definitely some sort of primal fear thing happening with sharks (just like the snake thing 😉 ). The day after we saw the shark they had Jaws on tv and a show before Jaws about shark attack victims – my kids told me to hide the remote control so we couldn’t watch it. My friend Louise saw Jaws when it came out and was so scared for months afterwards, so I never watched it (though I have seen a few scenes here and there).
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