THE BALLAD OF THE LAUGHING SEAGULL

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.

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20 Comments Add yours

  1. Rita says:

    Love it! Simply, love it.

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    1. Thanks Rita 🙂🙃

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    1. Cheers Nick 🙂🙃

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  2. philbo62 says:

    They gull you into a false sense of security mate.

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    1. Indeed they do. 🙂🙃 ( I saw what you did there…tee hee)

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  3. Olga says:

    Delightful, Darren. You have such a talent with words.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks very much, Olga 🙂🙃

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  4. melindajabersold says:

    Such a fun poem, Darren!

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    1. Thanks Mindy 🙂🙃

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  5. Anonymous says:

    Nice 1 Darren!

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  6. olganm says:

    Cheeky seagulls indeed! (Mind you, it might help with diets). Happy Valentine’s!

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  7. sevoiland says:

    Darren, Thanks for another sweet observation. I shared it on my “family” Google+ page for my granddaughter. She has a great sense of humor and will appreciate it. She actually like poetry at nine years old.

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    1. Excellent! Good for her, lets hope she never loses her love of words.

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  8. sevoiland says:

    Darren, Thanks for another sweet observation. I shared it on my “family” Google+ page for my granddaughter. She has a great sense of humor and will appreciate it. She actually likes poetry at nine years old.

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  9. Susan Langer says:

    Very true. They can be very greedy birds indeed. 🙂

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  10. kcg1974 says:

    This made me smile, remembering the seagulls on the ocean beach. Perfect, Darren!

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    1. Thanks Kim 🙂🙃

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      1. kcg1974 says:

        As always, ,most welcome, Darren. So enjoyed going back to visit the sea. 🙂

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