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The Shark

The Shark

written by: Aurora Kastanias


She knew she was just a fragile goldfish
Life had proved her so, thrusting her
From gentle rivers into wild oceans
At the mercy of tides gasping for air in salty waters.

Chased by criminals in disguise she had to learn
To swim much faster, camouflage her true essence
Pretend she was someone else, someone stronger,
Fearless and determined though truth was

She was frightened by her defencelessness
More than by foes. Unable to reach estuaries
Her fins too weak to maintain a direction
She found herself a shelter under seaweeds,

Never dared to leave, to wonder the vastness
Discover the world, she thought she had seen enough
Just wanted to go back, home, not a place but a feeling
Not a lair but tranquillity though,

We all know there is none, not perennially so
She was faced with a dilemma, ‘Should I
Venture myself into the unknown or keep safe
In this marine abode?’ It took all the strength she had

Pumping courage from within, wore a shark fin,
Little fragile goldfish swam towards the horizon

And never looked back.

Aurora Kastanias

Aurora Kastanias

Born from a Greek, British, Ghanaian father and a Persian mother, I grew up in Rome, where my parents fled to during the Iranian Revolution. The passion for the art of writing led me to earn a Baccalaureate in Literature, being ever since influenced by French 17th and 18th century authors.
While studying for my BA in Business Administration, at an American University in Rome, I further got enchanted by 19th century existential authors as well as European ‘absurdism’ and the Theatre of the Absurd.
It was only after my MBA that I started writing more seriously, giving space to my true passions. In recent years I have written two existential novels in Italian. In recent months I have started studing astrophysics and writing poems in english, which finally brings me here.
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