Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Gull Chicks

East Kent, 4 July 2017

Fluffy, speckled, gull chicks
Hide shyly under ledges
On my neighbours’ roofs
Each year in this season.

Their dapper nesting parents
In waistcoats white as surf foam
Break off jocose chattering
To harry meddling humans.

Not for them chalk cliffs
With wind-ruffled sea views
It’s the Georgian aesthetic
That, and distant steeples.

We too make nests of houses
And raise our wide-eyed chicks
They take their due and leave us
Like unfledged, flightless birds.


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