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Gulls Near the Salish Sea*
David M. Tookey

~for Jeff  N.

Most winter mornings
I hear a lone seagull’s cry
off to the east.
Gulls head inland during
rough weather.

From a creosote-encrusted pier on the bay,
they catch food tossed into the air
as it floats suspended in that instant
between rise and fall.

Clear focus
on one thing-

How many
moments like this
do we have?

© by David M. Tookey.
Used here with the author's permission

* The Salish Sea is part of the Pacific Ocean located in British Columbia and the U.S. state of Washington.
It includes the Strait of Georgia, Strait of Juan de Fuca, Puget Sound, and an intricate network of connecting
channels and adjoining waterways.  [Wikipedia]


David M. Tookey lives in Seattle, Washington. A bicycle is his main mode of transport around town; David says he finds he can tinker with poems in his head as he rides. He also enjoys creating and sharing organic baked goods, taking long walks with family, reading, and creating quiet space in a big city.




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A very concise, appealing look at that moment when we focus totally on one scene
Posted 01/05/2021 04:58 PM
Arlene Gay Levine:
The essence of mindfulness and the perfect teacher: nature. Beautiful, David!
Posted 01/04/2021 02:10 PM
Mama Goose:
Short, sweet and so well put.
Posted 01/04/2021 01:48 PM
Lori Levy:
Beautifully captures the moment of the food suspended "between rise and fall."
Posted 01/03/2021 08:50 PM
Wonderful poem?I was right there at the pier!
Posted 01/03/2021 04:26 PM
Sharon Waller Knutson:
Very visual sensuous poem. I can hear the cry of the seagulls and see them on the pier catching food. Very insightful last line. How many moments like this do we have?
Posted 01/03/2021 12:27 PM
Fun. Happy NY to all!
Posted 01/03/2021 11:14 AM
The last line said a lot to me. Thank you. And, also for me, "creosote-encrusted pier" was a splendid image. You took me to that place.
Posted 01/03/2021 09:55 AM
Doris Bezio:
Wonderful poem to begin the day, as a new year yawns ahead of us.
Posted 01/03/2021 09:50 AM
Yes! Life focused in that moment.
Posted 01/03/2021 08:47 AM
Jean Colonomos-1:
Such a good question in the midst of multi-layered uncertainty.
Posted 01/03/2021 08:45 AM

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