The news would have you

Believe that shark attacks

Are devastating

The human race –


Shredding our limbs,

Bloodying the ocean waters

With their appetites

And pointy teeth, but


Statistical data

Proves otherwise.

The number two

Animal killer of

Humans is humans.


The savagery of a large dog,

The venomous bite of a snake,

Are threats, I suppose, but


Nothing compared

To the angry young

Man with a semi


Automatic rifle

And a great white

Ego to sooth.


This is Poem #49 from the  Poem (almost) Everyday Project. Starting in mid-January 2016, I decided for one year to wake mornings and write a poem before my first cup of coffee on each day that I didn’t teach. I was working part-time then, so in the end I wrote 241 poems.  These are second drafts of  those pieces copied directly from my journal with minimal editing from their “vomit draft” state.