The Jaws of Guilty Pleasures

“Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water…”
― Peter Benchley


The sweetest things in life,

are often those which make us feel guilty for indulging in them.

The guilt makes the pleasure sweeter.

A stolen melting moment,

filled with dubious delight,

is a memory which lasts for a lifetime.

Each time we swim in its ocean,

we relive that delicious sin,

its pleasure increasing,

as distance separates us from,

the sweet waters of luscious lust.


The latest photography prompt

A Picture of Something Sweet

inspired me to circle the cake counter,

at the local sweet shop,

causing the lady of the cakes,

to view me as a shark,

on the prowl.


Cupcake Shark grin


Cakes are sweet,

but sharks are sweeter,

to me.

None more so than the great white,

which Peter Benchley encountered,

shortly after the release of Jaws.

According to the anecdote,

which he lived to tell,

he met the hero of his tale,

while on a solo dive,

in waters which supposedly were not the territory of such a terror.


“What was it? What could it–

His last thought was surprise.”
― Peter Benchley


He thought he was done for,

but the great white did a 180,

on meeting Peter,

evacuated its bowels,

in the author’s face,

as a critique of his work,

or so Peter thought,

then sped often into the blue.


How sweet life is!


“The past always seems better when you look back on it than it did at the time. And the present never looks as good as it will in the future.”
― Peter Benchley

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