THE BALLAD OF
THE LAUGHING SEAGULL

I was walking down the beach
enjoying the sun and sand,
with a delicious ice-cream
dripping down my left hand.

With the wind in my hair
and the waves at my feet,
I was so full of joy
and enjoying my treat.

Then swooping by
with such gentle grace
was a sight that put
such a smile on my face.

A seagull so huge
and purest white
it was such a glorious
and wonderful sight.

With wings outstretched
and ever so wide
on the coastal winds
he did silently glide.

Then back up he flew
to his friends upon high,
circling and squawking
in the cloudless sky.

Laughing at the people
beneath, on the ground
and watching for scraps
of food lying around.

But if that didn’t work
they had a sneaky plan,
they flew down and took it
right out of your hand!

Then off they off they flew
all laughing with glee,
with a tasty ice-cream
that was meant for me!

They’ll pinch the chips
from out of your tray
then come back for more
as you hide them away.

Then perched high up
at the top of a light
they laugh and jeer
at your hungry plight

Patiently waiting
for the next poor soul
to walk beneath them
on their perch, up the pole.

Down they will fly,
laughing all the way,
to pinch your donut
before you could say,

“Hey, I wanted that,
you cheeky old bird!”
but cackling laughter
is all that is heard.

So next time your down
by the sandy seaside,
look out for the seagulls
as above you they glide.

For if you’re not careful
and have chips unwrapped,
they’ll fly down and pinch them
with a laugh and a flap.

Written by Darren Scanlon, 8th September 2015.
© 2015 Darren Scanlon. All rights reserved.

Taken from “The Book Of Loops And Laughter” available on Amazon kindle and paperback.

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Darren Scanlon
AUTHOR & POET

Darren Scanlon was born in 1965 and still lives in the English Northwest.

His sarcastic, tongue-in-cheek humour and writing style has earned him 5 Star Ratings on Amazon for both his novels and his poetry. He has been writing poetry since the age of 16 and is published on many websites including 'High On Poems', where he has received great reviews:

"We at High On Poems are blessed to have found such a treasure as you amongst our midst. Your poetry is thought provoking and shakes one up. You obviously are a powerful wielder of words!"

His work to date includes:

"Hey Up, Matron!", a laugh-out-loud, roller-coaster ride through a day in the life of a NHS hospital ward from the point of view of the long-suffering patients.

Two books into the gritty crime/gangster thriller, the 'Danny Roberts Series' – "Broken Angel" & "Broken Wings".

"Positively Poetic Vol 1, 2, 3 & 4", four volumes of poetry exploring many and various moods and subjects.

"A Mouse’s Tale", an illustrated children’s novel, (based on one of his own poems).

"Alphabet Zoo", an illustrated children’s ABC book.

"The Book Of Loops And Laughter", an illustrated collection of funny poems for children and adults of all ages.

Future projects include:

"Way Back When", a comical look at childhood now and back in the 1970’s and how life has changed.

"Book 3 of the 'Danny Roberts' series.

For full details of all my work, please visit my website, http://darrenscanlon.wordpress.com
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