Sometimes when the shallow water is clear and green
A long and steadily moving shape is seen,
And the whole bright bay suddenly grows dark,
And swimmers rush for the shore at the cry of ‘Shark!’
Porpoises bounce cheerfully up and down
But sharks go grimly straight, as if a frown
Was above the horrible grin I cannot see,
And those little eyes were glaring straight at me.
Lazily the dark shape turns, to disappear
Above the weed, and the sea is full of fear.
No thank you, just now I haven’t any wish
To swim, or even to launch the boat to fish.
Source: The ABC Book of Australian Poetry: a treasury for young people compiled by Libby Hathorn (ABC Books 2010)