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Where maybe a rock never was before

was something upon which I broke my oar

this mound arising without warning from

the depths of the sea

but if not a rock what else could it be?


yet this strange encounter was to bring me pleasurable gain

a wondrous happening unlikely to ever happen again

like a huge dappled mountain through the surface rose

I feared my life was about to close!


with that very thought in mind I must have turned pale

until I discovered it was just a Whale

just a Whale! you say, did terror not inflict your heart with its mark?

not at all said I, having enjoyed the short lived company of a Basking Shark!

◄ Finale

Life's most ecstatic phase ►


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Manish Singh Rajput

Sat 27th May 2023 18:46

Grace, I had wondered about the title while I was reading it the other day. Thank you for clearing my doubt. Now it makes more sense. But I believe sharks are dangerous too. It all somehow makes me frightened to go for a sea diving session some day.😰
Do sharks usually attack the divers or just mind their own swim?

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Grace Meadows

Sat 27th May 2023 14:31

I need to explain Matilda, Manish and John, that the Phew! title was intended in this context-( which you kind folks would probably have realised anyway, but just in case ) Phew! praise be that that WAS a Basking Shark and not a Great White! 😂

your kindnesses REALLY do mean so much-THANK YOU ALL!

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John Botterill

Fri 26th May 2023 16:22

A fascinating story expertly told. Thank you, Grace.

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