So Far From Home.

by Samuel De Lemos

I saw a seagull today
walking with webbed feet
on the same grey sidewalk
I’m on.

I was happily surprised
to see it in my neighborhood
so far inland, so far from its home.

It looked up at me
and we
acknowledged our
mutual presence,

I even saw a slight wink, a
smile on the corner of its eyes.

I remarked to my wife,
“That seagull is far from the coast,
I wonder were it’s from?”

With a shrug, we both kept
walking—

further down that
grey sidewalk.

Heading towards our
destinations,

purposefully promenading
the seagull and I.

Both absorbing the
warmth of the
midday sun.

Both in our element and
happily alive.