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The Rabbit and The Shark – A Fear and High Tale

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The Rabbit and The Shark – A Fear and High Tale

Oh my.
Oh no.
Oh goodness no!
You.
How I dread (and long for) your familiar gaze –
how it haunts me!
I know it as well I know my own tail;
my own nose; my own hole!

You with your sleek, silver skin reflecting
all the sky’s blue off of itself, 
and into my red eyes.
You with your razor-blade teeth –
(how I envy them!)
I loathe them for their whip
like bite.
But most of all
it is your eyes 
that drive me to sweat 
atop my bed of soft leaves
until my white fur is matted 
and smelling 
of the most intimate fear.

The fear of parting lovers.

Those empty black bowls, like pits
into hell!
Two ways to find me 
before I can scream;
two ways to see me 
within midnights dream;
two ways to mark me 
outside of myself –
but O’, 
how I love the high upon waking!

                                               I am alive!
                                               Alive to see another day! 
                                               Alive to praise the great mother once more!
                                               You, old friend, make me live!
                                                        

You’ve been with me 
long before my mother’s taught womb –
you of the ocean, and I
of the land –
a dream, a myth, a certainty
perhaps that we were once
called brothers.
When life on land and ocean 
were not mutually exclusive, and we 
of the same either - or could breath
within either.

You are so much a part of me, that if
I were to leave you buried 
beneath the graveyard mounds of my mind,
I feel I would parish! as surely as if 
you grew limbs and found me, 
as you once did,
on the land of my waking dream.

But now is now, and those days –
like your limbs and my gills,
are long gone.
So for now we shall meet in the dark 
of my dreams;
where ocean and land come together
to dine –
you on my body, and I
on your soul.




*Written for Matt Caliri's Funniest-Hardest Poem Ever Contest. ;)

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  1. Date: 6/14/2009 4:44:00 PM
    Kristing, Congratulations on your well deserve placement in Matt Caliri’s “Funnest-Hardest Poem Ever. Lovingly, Dane

  1. Date: 6/11/2009 6:19:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win.. a really wonderful poem

  1. Date: 6/10/2009 5:35:00 PM
    Congrats girlfriend on your awesome win in Matt's contest! Love, Shar

  1. Date: 6/10/2009 5:31:00 PM
    Congraltulations. Grat writing. Joyce

  1. Date: 6/10/2009 4:27:00 PM
    Like the suspense of the opening lines in this one. Interesting format. Congratulations on your eighth place finish in Matt's contest. Enjoy your honor. Karen

  1. Date: 5/15/2009 8:32:00 AM
    Indeed, I read this while contemplating Freud and Nietzsche being friends ... not for the ingenuity alone ... but also for an original excavation that shovelled beyond the primal boundary ... where only poetry can be courageously crazy to a mind and bring it back whole again ... Brilliantly crafted ... splendidly done ... all the best great genius.

  1. Date: 5/15/2009 6:23:00 AM
    Good luck in the contest Kristin.... this has got be a winner.... fantastic !

  1. Date: 5/14/2009 11:58:00 AM
    Its gonna take a good un to beat this un, displayed with shape. It would be awesome to watch your cogs tick over to see the mind thinking as the words flow to your finger tips. As Queen sung " It's a kinda Magic " James,x

  1. Date: 5/12/2009 11:42:00 PM
    Best wishes with this one Kristin.Rgds Brian &thanks for your welcome comments

  1. Date: 5/12/2009 12:46:00 PM
    Pure Fire made me smile..thanks for the smile.

  1. Date: 5/12/2009 8:54:00 AM
    Well I dont need to tell you that this rocks! I love the whole thing but my god that last few lines are flippin bleepin awesome!! You are brilliant K :) love C

  1. Date: 5/12/2009 8:36:00 AM
    Amazing entry Kristin...!! This is one of two entries, that makes me want to throw mine back into the trash!! Seriously....awesome!! Hey, don't forget to water the newly planted lilac :)....I'm sure you are taking tender care! Also...all my loves............loved Ava's little antics!! :) Thanks for putting smiles on many faces!!

  1. Date: 5/12/2009 6:46:00 AM
    Kristin, this is wonderful. I love it! Great entry to the contest, my best wishes. How was your performance with "picking the battles"? Did you win? Ruben.

  1. Date: 5/12/2009 5:33:00 AM
    Wow - this is so cool!!! Your imagination so wild combined with your intense skill creates a winner here! Awesome! Good luck! Love, Shar

  1. Date: 5/12/2009 4:48:00 AM
    You have been with me long before my mother's taught womb....enough said..you are brilliant...

  1. Date: 5/12/2009 3:27:00 AM
    Compelling drama!-Great entry!, good luck!-AA