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Sharks in the Water - 13oct21


In open court,

the sexual assault victim wept,

“Why do rapists find me?”


In an uncharacteristic moment of tenderness

the judge (jaded, and grizzled, and tired)

comforted her:


“There are human predators,

and like their shark or wolf counterparts

they are cowards who are wired to be drawn

to the weak, and the vulnerable.


The more sexual assaults we endure,

the more injured and weakened we become,

the more human sharks

smell blood in the water.


This is true with sexual assailants,

and it is true with the narcissists

who manipulate, and demean and exploit.


They prey upon our empathy,

and exploit the self-doubt

inherent to our humility.


Our best defense

is to meditate in such a manner

as to heal our wounds

and sharpen our bullshit detector.

Let us conclude

with a simple

call to action


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