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Tiger in the Sea

I thought I had hooked the world’s largest grouper
After struggling for hours, I was still reeling
Refused help from a friend; I was a trooper
Somehow I found its resistance appealing
Hot sun on the Gulf had me in a stupor
And in my hands I started to lose feeling

It finally came into view just before dark
Was shocked to find a fifteen-foot tiger shark

He’d just been toying with me all afternoon
And he was more than half the size of my boat
I felt like a comic in a weird lampoon  
My heart seemed to be rising up in my throat
Captain Ahab might have viewed this as a boon
But far too much weight did this tiger shark tote

He bolted, took off, stripped the line from my reel
And I had to cast elsewhere for my next meal

* For Thvia's "The One That Got Away" contest (True Story!)

Copyright © | Year Posted 2011

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Date: 7/3/2017 10:51:00 AM
Wow! What a whale of a tale, Carolyn. Outstanding humorous poet. It made me smile ... ty for the laughs. Love and joy always and forever.
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Date: 6/11/2015 1:17:00 AM
What a well written piece Carolyn! Congratulations on your win. Blessings, Connie
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Date: 2/4/2012 4:52:00 PM
I never did care for fishing, but I liked this poem very much. As usual, you have presented a wonderful work Carolyn.
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Date: 2/1/2011 6:33:00 PM
Hemingway would be proud, You'll get'm next time. LOVE IT!!
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Date: 1/26/2011 8:11:00 PM
Oh, very good Carolyn. All the more so for it being a true story. Congratulations on your winning placement with this excellent re-telling of a fish story. I love it. Love, Deb
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Date: 1/25/2011 4:27:00 AM
Congratulations Carolyn, for the win in Dr. Ram Mehta's contest "Rispetto". Love, Carol
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Date: 1/25/2011 12:55:00 AM
Hey there Carolyn, congratulations on your awesome first place win in Dr. Ram's contest with this true story.. love & blessings Wilma
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Date: 1/24/2011 10:31:00 PM
A great win, Carolyn and a great story! Congratulations. LUv, Andrea
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Date: 1/24/2011 7:56:00 PM
Wow Carolyn, a tiger shark. Amazing write my friend. Many congratulations for this top win.
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Date: 1/24/2011 4:01:00 PM
Congratulations on your win..Sara
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Date: 1/24/2011 2:53:00 PM
wow can I say WOW twice! What an adventure!! How unexpected to see this tale in this form, girl you wrote and lived a real doosie here LOL &, to my fav's CONGRAD's Light & Love [Oh glad to share the sport witha pro like YOU]
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Date: 1/24/2011 2:18:00 PM
Good going my fisherwoman friend. They say you should write about what you know..and you did..and it was a winner. Love..LNC
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Date: 1/24/2011 1:49:00 PM
Hello Carolyn, This is wonderful, congratulations on your win! As Always, Shar
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Date: 1/24/2011 1:00:00 PM
I can see little you struggling to reel in a tiger shark. Glad you won first prize with poem anyway. love, Joyce
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Date: 1/24/2011 12:37:00 PM
Such a wonderful experience this most have been....could see it like a mini movie!! Well done, and Congratulations on your win !!
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Date: 1/24/2011 12:02:00 PM
Hey Seafaress!! Congratulations on your Ist Place win in Dr. Ram's "Rispetto" Contest!! As usual, enjoyable reading! Love to you, Annalise
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Date: 1/24/2011 10:51:00 AM
Good again to see you at the top Carolyn. You go Girl, shine with excellence. Agape, Moses
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Date: 1/24/2011 10:46:00 AM
Congratulations on the first place win in my contest, Carolyn
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Date: 1/12/2011 9:16:00 PM
I swear i cannot keep up with you Carolyn, i miss so many of your wonderful poems, but a promise one day i'll fullfill my dream and read them all from start to finish. Harry
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Date: 1/11/2011 8:08:00 AM
good luck for the contest, I entered one too. Check it out it an italian rispetto. Julie Heckman
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Date: 1/10/2011 2:35:00 PM
....just a word about ARBEIT MACHT FREI....yes you are right's the same in any large city metro.....but it is actually true that I ride the metro daily and it always reminds me of old films I have seen of the dreadful Nazi camps....the world is strange - these zombie-like people change into loving mothers and fathers and brothers etc as soon as they reach home, with animated faces and jokes etc....strange...... bes t wishes...Syd
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Date: 1/10/2011 10:12:00 AM
My you would have had more than one meal from that one! Fun read even if frightful experience, so glad he was the one that got away... well done!
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Date: 1/9/2011 5:32:00 PM
what a poem and story all in one! best of luck to you in the contest. this was a pleasure to read indeed! --Madison
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Date: 1/9/2011 4:15:00 PM
ps Forgot to tell you .yes, Black Swan is a tragedy and it's about a ballet dancer.
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Date: 1/9/2011 3:02:00 PM
What an exciting story, Carolyn! I'm glad the tiger shark didn't pull you overboard as he sped away. Best to you, Diane
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