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Friday, April 10, 2009


by Mary Kathryn Morgeneier

In the shadows of the sharks
sliding below them
They are lurkers
restless for fresh blood
Hardened ocean roamers
hungry for money
They flaunt their greed
before any flag or sod
Coldblooded surprise
despicable deeds
Calculating sea thugs
stinking sea weeds

Mary Kathryn "Kate" Morgeneier has been published in Trend Magazine, Mad Poets Review, and The New Verse News. She lives in Phoenixville and hosts the Mad Poets Society meetings at Steel City Coffeehouse in Phoenixville, PA - the next one scheduled for the first Tuesday in May.