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Ode to seagulls

PUBLISHED: 10:08 04 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:00 05 July 2010

I READ with interest the item on seagulls in the Waveney Drive area.

I have also noticed lots around the town centre area, scavenging for food and thought this poem might give readers a smile.

I READ with interest the item on seagulls in the Waveney Drive area.

I have also noticed lots around the town centre area, scavenging for food and thought this poem might give readers a smile.

Above our town they soar on high

Seagulls weave patterns across the sky,

Once you never saw them around our streets

They were out at sea with the fishing fleets.

Then greed over-fished the fishing ground,

Now gulls scavenge about the town

Finding food that people throw out each day,

Or leftovers from someone's take-away.

On tall buildings they roost on tiles and bricks,

Make their nests and raise their chicks,

Black-backs and herring gulls, quickly they grow

To “decorate” the cars and pavements below.

They sit atop lamp-posts, squawk as you walk by,

Like in Hitchcock's The Birds you look up at the sky,

Sometimes people have come under attack

From dive-bombing gulls, so watch your back.

Screeching and feeding on rubbish tips now,

In winter following the farmers plough,

Without a diet of fish you'd think they'd never survive,

But man's legacy of waste will keep them alive.

ASHLEY J GARDINER

Minos Road

Lowestoft


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