Sea Birds

Along the shingly shore

And further up the creek

Swoop black-backed gulls

Spearing silver fish in lethal beaks

On the apron of marshland

Redshanks pipe nervously

Long skeins of geese

Lace the cloudy sky

And wigeon wing hurriedly

In twos and threes


Farther out

To sea


© Kim M. Russell, 2016

Spotted Redshank

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