Sarah Potter Writes

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Tanka #12

SeagullsOnChimneypot

Atop chimney pots,
seagulls survey their kingdom
— substitute cliff tops —
From this lofty nesting site
they can terrorise the street.

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11 thoughts on “Tanka #12

  1. boneland on said:

    Lovely and so true!

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    • When I lived in Brighton, a “teenage” seagull, that hadn’t learnt to fly properly, fell into the garden. Its parents were in such a state, they divebombed me every time I went outside. I used to have to hold a long pole in the air with one hand, while hanging out my washing with the other. Fortunately, the thing had to learn to fly before the fox ate it.

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  2. Sarah, I don’t know how you can stay so consistently fresh, but you always do, and you always bring a smile!

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  3. I can imagine they can be quite the terror 😉
    Here, I mainly have to worry about Indian Mynas…

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    • I read about a man who was dive-bombed by an eagle in Scotland and had his head badly mauled.

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      • I’m sure he was doing something to the bird – they don’t usually attack without provocation.
        And, if he was trying to steal her eggs or chicks, or her food, he got what he deserved…

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      • No, he was just walking along minding his own business, or at least that’s what he claims. I guess it could have been a rogue eagle, proving that derangement isn’t solely a human trait.

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      • And then again, maybe the eagle felt like I do about humans 😉
        If I was a bird or a lion I would have eaten my fair share of humans – just because they irk me!

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  4. I hear ya. Wonder how they could be so beautiful yet so terrorising.

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