The horizon is closer…

Source:, public domain

I think the gull cares

about different things

As the gull sees it

The sea is inches deep,

I do not heed the moving mountain of the surf,

it ceases tumbling far from me,

I do not hear it, do not lurch to meet it.

The sand is vast, I see no marks but my own,

the prints of sandaled feet so large they make no shape for me,

only outlines of space I do not need.

The sky is my domain but, in truth,

I need small air above my feeding range,

small air above my nightly refuge —

sky-wide and sky-tall are words I do not need.

The long view to the horizon has no dream for me,

the boundary of sky is no limit,

the edge of sea is no temptation.

My world is small, I fill it,

and I am larger than my shadow,

as I see it.

September 15, 2015

[I watched a placid gull for some time on First Encounter Beach, Eastham, Cape Cod. Barely any movement. No hint of reaction to the all-too-familiar environment. I wondered if gulls routinely travel very far from “their” beach. Perhaps a gull picks a suitable beach and resents the other gulls, and especially resents the humans who make the daytime beach busy and noisy and filled with trash that’s mostly not good to eat. Maybe a gull cares about something. I imagined what the bird might say to me. Not for long. Gulls aren’t magpies, I know that.]

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