from across the wave I spot a grey fin
my life flashed as fear felt vile in my mouth
will I be ok, as he brushes my skin
dread claws with a cool sensation down south
is my life about to come to an end
mauled all alone in this wondrous blue sea
or can I muster courage to defend
so unfair, this is not how it should be
then a dolphin backflips laughing at me

d’Verse, Novelinee, Laura

The novelinee is a nine line stanza written in 10 syllable lines with alternate stresses: with a rhyme sequence of a,b,a,b,c,d,c,d,d.

Doubt I got the alternate stresses right but why let rules get in the way of a fun poem!
Things are seldom as bad as they seem …


  1. Love the imagery (even though it wouldn’t be much fun if it was real). You have a wonderful knack of putting us all in the picture, you wordsmith you! Well done 😊

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  2. A fun poem, Kate! Beautiful rhymes. I love that it has a “moral” too! ❤ My father taught us a saying, "A coward dies a thousand deaths, a brave man dies but one." He said that most of the things we fear never come to pass.

    You are so lucky to see dolphins from your window! We went swimming with dolphins once as a Christmas present from my late husband. Then, a couple of years ago at the beach, a dolphin came to swim with me. It only stayed for a moment, but what an exciting moment!

    Enjoy your weekend! 🙂

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  3. Oh, my! 😮 YIKES! 😮 🦈
    And then, HA!!! 🐬 😀
    Fin-tastic poem, SweetKate! 🙂
    Bea-ooo-tiful photo that made me flip out! 😉
    You are so right about things seldom being as bad as they seem! 🙂
    PS…Why did the shark befriend the dolphin?
    He wanted more porpoise in his life! 😛

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