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by Michèle Nardelli

By Michèle NardelliPublished 5 months ago 1 min read
Photo by David Clode on Unsplash

The sun stretches into his wide-jawed

yawn, teeth shining.

Mouth shuts.

Panting now, he roams the beach.

Eyes scanning, nose vigilant,

it tugs him along to follow a

eucalyptus haze to fire and food.

Wary - pacing the sandy edges of the camp,

he nips in between children’s legs,

to sneak a smoky bone.


He’s a wraith slipping off into the scrub.

Content with long shadows and cooling sand,

he tucks in, meticulously scraping off the flesh.

He lurks, knowing in a visceral sense

that human contact is a double-edged sword.

There’s a change on the wind.


He picks his way through wattle scrub,

and heads inland,

isolating from the menacing tide.

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About the Creator

Michèle Nardelli

I write...I suppose, because I always have. Once a journalist, then a PR writer, for the first time I am dabbling in the creative. Now at semi-retirement I am still deciding what might be next.

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  • Amy Hall4 months ago

    I enjoyed reading this piece, well done! I subscribed to you! I am just starting out and would very much like if you have time to read some of my work and if you like it please subscribe! I look forward to reading more of your work!

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  • Gina B.5 months ago

    Human contact is a double-edged sword, indeed.

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