As a seagull again

7 of 7 in the Jemverse series ‘Shoreham again’

As a seagull I flew inland from the sea
Up in a yellow-tinged sky
Looking down with the freedom I commanded in flight
as I swooped and I soared up on high

I watched as the river meandered below
Through the town I am proud to call home
with its cluster of houses gathered close to the sea
over routes I have so often flown

And as I flew I gave voice as we seagulls do
shouting out to the winds a loud cheer
close to the ocean in Shoreham-by-Sea
“I am really so pleased that I’m here”

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Photo – Shoreham at low tide by W Standen

Jemverse first posted “As a seagull” on 9 March 2016

Of seagulls and home

Although it is still dark outside
Above, the seagulls’ high
Tells me that the day is here
with that familiar cry

I’ve heard that sound ‘most of my days
E’er since I was a lad
It speaks to me of oceans
and by it I am glad

For home is where the seagulls are
here by the Sussex sea
And though I travel far and wide
It’s here I want to be

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Photo – Emily Rose Croucher

Tri-Haiku II (Seagull)

In a summer sky
Wings spread wide to swoop and soar
Seagull flying by

In an autumn sky
Blue above and down below
Seagull flying by

In a winter sky
High above the brittle land
Seagull flying by

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Photo – Jempics

The seagull and me

On the beach and a seagull
perched on a post
Him and me there
both making the most
of what has the promise
a fine day to be
one full of sunshine
for both him and me

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Photo – from Jemverse on Instagram, May 2018 – Jempics

Aloof on the roof

A seagull came this morning
and perched up on the roof
A picture with the blue behind
quite proud and yes, aloof

So pleased I had my camera
to capture him up there
and then that special moment
with you good folk to share

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Photo – from Jemverse on Instagram, May 2018 – Jempics

The seagull serenade (reprise)

6 of 6 in the Jemverse ‘Seagull’ series

Alone on dampened shingle
The taste of salt around my mouth
I stand braced against a rising wind
And gaze out to the south

Out there within the greyish-green
As the waves rise up and fall
I am captivated by the sound
Of swooping seagull call

It’s a symphony composed for one
The call, the screech, the cry
Sweet music of the sea I hear
As they around me fly

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Photo – Emily Croucher

The Seagull Serenade was originally published on Jemverse on 8 February 2015

The Seagulls’ Cry (reprise)

3 of 6 in the Jemverse ‘Seagulls’ series

The seagulls’ cry
synonymous
of living by the sea

A thing of which
I’ll never tire
for it is a part of me

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Photo – Jempics

The Seagulls’ Cry was originally published on Jemverse on 23 December 2016

Seagulls passing (reprise)

2 of 6 in the Jemverse ‘Seagulls’ series

Sitting in the sunshine
by the river at high tide
A seagull came and perched
on the railings by my side
We had a little chat
as it seemed the thing to do
Passing a few pleasantries
before away he flew

And I stayed a while and pondered
of how fortunate was I
to live in such a lovely place
with seagulls passing by

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Photo – Jempics

Seagulls Passing was originally published on Jemverse on 11 May 2017

Bob Marley Seagull (reprise)

1 of 6 in the Jemverse ‘Seagull’ series

It was raining in Brighton
and, strolling back to the car
parked there in Ann Street
from the centre, not far
We paused to admire
on the wall, ‘cross the way
some graffiti scrawled quickly
but with something to say

And in contemplative mood
we pondered the depth
penned by those words
whilst at our feet, quite perplexed
A young seagull ran by
so as not to intrude
For to spoil this fine moment
would have bordered on rude

Was there metaphor here?
Bob would have been proud
‘No woman, no cry’
is still shouting loud

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Photo – Ann Street Graffiti, Brighton, Sussex, UK – Jempics

Bob Marley Seagull‘ was originally posted on Jemverse on 25 July 2017

It’s a gull’s life

“So, this wall in the sun
makes a great place to view
this town where we live
don’t you think, just us two?”

“You’re not wrong my friend
it’s a great place to be
down here by the river
not far from the sea”

“We can fish, we can fly
or just sit in the sun
It’s a gull’s life for us
and it’s plenty of fun”

“You said it, my friend
Living here is just great
and it’s better by far
with you for a mate”

©Jemverse

Photo – gulls on the new sea defence wall, river Adur, Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex – Jempics

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