There was a rock pool that fell in love with a wave. As the sun began to set in the west, he said to her, “You are so beautiful and frothy. Why not come a bit closer and break over me?”

But the wave recoiled at his suggestion. “No thanks!” And she made sure she avoided him until the tide turned and it was time for her to leave the beach behind and return to deeper waters. The rock pool was hurt and called after her, “What’s the problem?”

“You have crabs,” she said without hesitation.

¶ In amorous matters, blunt honesty is the sharpest weapon.