Swimming With Sharks

Swimming With Sharks

When swimming in shark infested waters
the best strategy is:
mind your own business,
and don’t show fear,

You may ask yourself how you got into these dangerous
waters in the first place.
Sharks are found in a few different places,
at the periphery of places teaming with joy and life,
such as the stunning coral reefs.
Or, in deep dark waters where they never sleep.

They are opportunists, they seek those who have lost their way,
who have strayed from the safety of the reef,
or are all alone,
out of their depth,
swimming in places they don’t belong.

Throughout a life, that can happen from time to time.
It is always better to make a course correction before the encounter,
but inevitably along the way of exploration,
you may find yourself swimming with sharks.

You can become mesmerized when you look into the cold eyes,
you get no feeling back from them,
they are not a mirror,
but a black hole that absorbs your light,
your fear.

It’s okay, just look away, and keep on swimming.
When you encounter them, they are a sign you are
out of your league, you have a correction to make in
the direction you are taking.

Mind your own business, don’t try to engage,
or cajole.
They are impervious to any feelings other than fear.
Fear they smell, fear they recognize, and with fear they
will become a danger.

Stay out of the deep end,
it may have a pull,
the allure of waters unexplored.
But if you must go, remember what we’ve said
about how to swim with the sharks.


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