Chasing Seagulls

Chasing Seagulls

Chasing Seagulls... Ryan taught me how. We'd go to the beach and I'd watch his face suffuse with glee as his gaze found focus, and fell on the ubiquitous, white quilts billowing out over the sand; and off he'd go, lumbering towards them with his awkward gait. Then, as he sensed the moment about to happen, he would stop. Still. And gaze up in awe as the birds erupted into the sky, a frenzied flurry of feathers and ear piercing cries. He'd throw back his head and laugh with soulful delight, and then he'd be running again, chasing after them, calling out to them.

And so when I'm sad, I chase seagulls... and as I run towards them, scattering them among the clouds, shrieking and indignant, I throw back my head and laugh with soulful delight. And I feel Ryan alive inside me.

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Comments 3 comments

paula sapietis 5 years ago

What a moving tribute.We so appreciated Chasing Seagulls

at our creative writing group in Edinburgh

Vincent Moore 4 years ago

Ah the beauty of the gull is a visual delight, the swirling dips and dives as they cascade and fly in the wind streams that take them on their Johnathan seagull flight. I love the sea, the sand, the salt in my nostrils and the wind on my back as I think deep thoughts to share. Beautiful prose here, you touched this poet's heart.

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carmaluda 4 years ago from New Zealand Author

...and you have touched mine with your kind words, and for taking the time to read my writing.

Thank you.

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