Impressions from a winter beach walk

Natural
Foam-flecked, wind-swept,
White waves surging in.
Grey sky. Slate sea.
Cold wind assaulting ears.

Domestic
Furrowed sand, wave-shaped.
Jumping dogs — tennis balls,
Seaweed wigs, paw prints.
Owner calls.

Wild
Broken sea birds:
First, Adult — Cormorant.
Upright. En garde. Shallow surf.
Flapping wings. Brutal beak.
Snapping dogs.
Sharp teeth.
No match.
Companion says,
“Fair game. Nature’s way.”
??
Stand back. Watch:
Desperate terror.
Heartburst. Death.

Next, Baby — Shore Lark.
Fearless soft. Green fluff,
Still cotton ball.
Lift away, leave sheltered.
Survive or die.

Prosaic
Walk on. God-like.
Nature behind.
Stuffy cafe. Sandwich. Hot tea.
Normality.
Then home.

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