Friday, August 28, 2009

Swimming in Tahiti

Out of four that day, only I—

the pool floater—had the courage

to plunge into the ocean to swim.

I have been told to be wary of shark.

You are an ocean swimmer,

thriving in the deep dark water,

sleek body gliding below.

I stay at the translucent surface,

trembling when a fin flips

and a circle begins.

You rise from the depths.

I smile at your streamlined power

but flee from the Tahitian waters

to the safety of a boat, knowing

I swam with a shark for a little while.

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