The heat of sunkissed August days
lures Long Islanders to water's edge
practicing the art of summering.
Lingering at lunch with friends-
Watching boats pass on by-
Basking in sunshine-
Watching children frolic-
Listening to seagulls' shrillness
As they swoop down to grab lunch.
At the beach, even the gulls
reflect on the art of summering.
Finding life's balance is easier
at water's edge.
Poetry Friday is hosted this week for the first time by my writing friend, fellow Wonder Lead Ambassador, and resident ornithophile, Christie Wyman. Christie offered a bird-related poem challenge for anyone who was willing to fly along with her. Since I am immersed in the collection of digital inspirations for my summer gallery, The Art of Summering, I wrote about the beach with its pensive seagulls who can be a raucous addition to the beach scene. You can see Christie's Padlet of fine feathered poetry here.