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Florida Floaters
CJ Muchhala

The old gulls flap into the pool,
float lazily at the 3 foot 6 inch depth.
Where once they plied the surf,
they find the ocean too cold, too rough
for their now feather-light bones.

They face each other in one or two
haphazard circles, the better to exchange
newsy tidbits: directions to the best
seafood places, the merits of red snapper
versus yellowtail. Some keep one eye
fixed on those mischief-making
sanderlings at the deep end,
ready to swoop to their rescue.

When the sun erases shadows,
the old gulls flutter away, still
crak-craking, each to her own condo.


From March Madness.
Used here with the author's permission.




In the softer seasons, CJ Muchhala putters in her flower gardens and takes long walks along Lake Michigan. In winter, she putters at the keyboard and watches juncos make merry in spite of the cold. CJ's poems have appeared in a variety of publications, including broadsides, bookmarks, handmade, hand-bound books that she designs, and a chapbook, Traveling Without a Map. Her work has also been featured in art and poetry exhibits. CJ lives in Shorewood, Wisconsin.

Post New Comment:
I am on familiar terms with those old gulls. What a neat poem.
Posted 08/14/2016 08:37 PM
I have met some of those old gulls before. ;-) Great poem!
Posted 08/14/2016 03:12 PM
Lori Levy:
Beautiful picture of old gulls/old people in the pool.
Posted 08/14/2016 12:12 PM
What a charming poem...the merits of red snapper versus yellowtail. As a child raised along the FL beaches with seagulls as playmates! Thanks C.J.!
Posted 08/14/2016 09:35 AM
As descriptive of us old beachlovers, as about old gulls!
Posted 08/14/2016 09:23 AM
a nifty little poem...."When the sun erases shadows" a nice line. Well done!
Posted 08/14/2016 06:25 AM
Belinda Veldman:
Love it!!!
Posted 08/14/2016 03:48 AM

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