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A Shark Week poem: Your Program Tanked? Don’t Blame the Shark

Flight of sharks

When a leather-jacket clad
Water skiing lad
Wants to prove his manhood,
Obviously he should
show, making his mark
by jumping the shark.

And now those joyful Days have passed,
But I’m still here. I will outlast
these weaker species. That’s the score.
My kind outlasted dinosaurs.

I am
blue shark,
bull shark,
night shark,
nurse shark,
dusky shark,
goblin shark,
zebra shark
and reef shark.

I’m whale shark
lantern shark,
lemon shark,
leopard shark
sandbar shark,
sharpnose shark,
silky shark and
great white shark,

bignose,
blacknose,
bluntnose and
broadnose

gulper,
spinner,
thresher,
tiger,
copper,
sleeper and
cookiecutter

blacktip
whitetip
silvertip
(Take your pick.)

bonnethead,
hammerhead,
also crested bullhead

(Give my memory a shake) Oh,
Right—I almost forgot mako.

Now, before you disembark
‘cause your species’ fate looks dark,
think how long there have been sharks
—makes your time look like a quark!

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  1. Comment by Alexander — August 13, 2014 @ 10:55 am

    Thanks, Gerald, for this wonderful poem! Unfortunately, some of the species you cataloged are at risk…

    http://oceana.org/en/our-work/protect-marine-wildlife/sharks/species-at-risk

    During shark week, let’s fight for the sharks!

    http://oceana.org/en/our-work/protect-marine-wildlife/sharks/overview

  2. Comment by Joanne — August 14, 2014 @ 5:40 pm

    Aaaaeeeyyy! Love the reference to the Fonz! And this poem is even better when read aloud. Great job, Gerald!

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