Sunday, April 29, 2012

29 of 30 Seagull

It is hard to believe it is day 29.  One of the things I've learned through my attempts to write a poem each day, is how carefully I must pay attention.  I take time each day to search for my poem.  In Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott reminds us, "Writing is about learning to pay attention and to communicate what is going on."  Yesterday at lunch I couldn't help but notice the seagulls flying over the parking lot much like it was the ocean.   I wondered if they were lost.  Did they know what they were really missing?  I tried to capture what I noticed here:


Seagull
white wings outstretched
soaring
gliding
searching below
hunting for food

are you lost
above the ebony pavement
as dark as the ocean
without the sun

the parking lot of cars
like waves stretched
across the dark sea

you rise and fall
scavenging
in search of morsels
carrion
discarded fries
a piece of bread -
anything
to eat

city seagull
gone from the ocean
are you lazy
or quite clever?

© Cathy L. Mere, 2012

Did you know?
Seagulls are scavengers --- clever ones.  Here's a funny story about a Dorito stealing seagull.
Many seagulls live, nest, and feed inland.
Seagulls have excellent eye sight.
The seagull typically lives 5-15 years.


1 comment:

  1. We have "Western gulls" in Colorado, same thing, Cathy, they "park" in our parking lots, too. I've thought the same thing, do they know what they're missing? I love that final question: lazy or clever? Do you think the fries shorten their lifespan? Thanks for a terrific observation.

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