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Land-Bound Gulls

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 18, 2011

Land-Bound Gulls

By Eleanor Nadeau Fowler

I long had felt that God could not have planned
That spirits such as mine should thus adhere
To simple things. I pommeled restively
The shuttered doors that made my vista drear
And begged release. And then I caught the flash
Of wings as seagulls swerved above a plow.
Their feathers white against the moist dark soil,
They searched for worms and seemed content, somehow —
Though they were destined for exotic shores,
To fling their startled cries against the chill,
High masts of ships, to glide in alien winds —
And watching them, my heart grew strangely still.

(1940)



4 Comments »

  1. Thanks Ardis,
    While reading this I thought I could smell the turned soil and hear the seagulls. Anyone who has lived where and when fields and gardens were plowed by men walking behind teams of big work horses for spring planting might have the same response.

    One of my favorite paintings in the Church Museum of History and Art is a painting of that very scene, by Henry Moser, I think. It evokles the same feelings.

    Comment by CurtA — August 18, 2011 @ 3:07 pm

  2. Thanks, Curt. I enjoyed this one and am glad to know it struck you, too. I’ll look for the Moser painting the next time I go to the Museum.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — August 18, 2011 @ 3:10 pm

  3. Curt, your comment on this poem was perfect.It added to the visual image in my mind.

    Comment by Maurine Ward — August 18, 2011 @ 10:42 pm

  4. Two more lines and it would have been a sonnet. :-)

    Regardless, what a lovely and evocative poem.

    Comment by SLK in SF — August 20, 2011 @ 10:33 am

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