I was walking down the beach enjoying the sun and sand, with a delicious ice-cream dripping down my left hand. With the wind in my hair and the waves at my feet, I was so full of joy and enjoying my treat. Then swooping by with such gentle grace was a sight that put such a smile on my face. A seagull so huge and purest white it was such a glorious and wonderful sight. With wings outstretched and ever so wide on the coastal winds he did silently glide. Then back up he flew to his friends upon high, circling and squawking in the cloudless sky. Laughing at the people beneath, on the ground and watching for scraps of food lying around. But if that didn’t work they had a sneaky plan, they flew down and took it right out of your hand! Then off they off they flew all laughing with glee, with a tasty ice-cream that was meant for me! They’ll pinch the chips from out of your tray then come back for more as you hide them away. Then perched high up at the top of a light they laugh and jeer at your hungry plight Patiently waiting for the next poor soul to walk beneath them on their perch, up the pole. Down they will fly, laughing all the way, to pinch your donut before you could say, “Hey, I wanted that, you cheeky old bird!” but cackling laughter is all that is heard. So next time your down by the sandy seaside, look out for the seagulls as above you they glide. For if you’re not careful and have chips unwrapped, they’ll fly down and pinch them with a laugh and a flap. * Written by Darren Scanlon, 8th September 2015. © 2015 Darren Scanlon. All rights reserved.