Sharks – Sophie Bishop

Sharks are waiting

My name is Sophie Bishop and I am 15 years old. I live in Windsor and have always liked writing poetry, I’ve always found it easier to express myself in writing. This poem was inspired by an experience I had a year ago.


Little fish, big pond 

Play a game: 3,2,1.

Eyes closed,

But he can see,

Swim away 

through coral reefs.

Wide smile, sharks teeth 

Water clear, but very deep 

Surrounded and yet still alone.

Thinking back now

Who could’ve known?

Not him, not her, not they

Sharks meat, Sharks prey.

Try to be Optimistic

Not another

silent statistic.


Sometimes I swim 

alone at night.

Nightmares more vivid 

In daylight.

Because all around,

Around me still,

Sharks are waiting,

Waiting until 

The day that I embrace my shame,

The day that I speak out his name.

Sophie Bishop, Windsor

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