“The Maldive Shark”

I’m all into poetry & stuff, too, so of course I subscribe to the Academy of American Poets‘ Poem-A-Day e-mail.  Wouldn’t you know – soon as I launch Sharkblog, I find this poem in my inbox from Herman Melville (of “Moby Dick” fame), ALL ABOUT A SHARK.  Thought I’d share it with the search engines:

Chowda.
The Maldive Shark
by Herman Melville

About the Shark, phlegmatical one,
Pale sot of the Maldive sea,
The sleek little pilot-fish, azure and slim,
How alert in attendance be.
From his saw-pit of mouth, from his charnel of maw
They have nothing of harm to dread,
But liquidly glide on his ghastly flank
Or before his Gorgonian head;
Or lurk in the port of serrated teeth
In white triple tiers of glittering gates,
And there find a haven when peril’s abroad,
An asylum in jaws of the Fates!
They are friends; and friendly they guide him to prey,
Yet never partake of the treat—
Eyes and brains to the dotard lethargic and dull,
Pale ravener of horrible meat.

Here is a video to get you in the mood as you re-read that poem over and over again. The video has no sound, so it works better if you play the “Jaws” theme while you watch it.

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