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Just A Seagull

Maya Ellenson is keen on creating unconventional poetry and prose, inspired by what the moment reveals.

Piercing the Sky

Coral Cove Park, Tequesta, Florida

Coral Cove Park, Tequesta, Florida

A Bird Or a Symbol?

With my feet in the ocean

I am watching a seagull soaring above

the vertical waves

surging like liquid towers


collapsing

to billow again


Anton Chekhov's Seagull blending

with Richard Bach's Jonathan Livingston namesake


yet I try to observe just a seagull

not a metaphor

or a symbol

to define a book

a stage

a movie


celebrated and still trapped

in the pages one peruses over and over


the brown-mottled seagull is gliding in gusty wind

piercing the thunderous sky

reverberating its fascinating madness across the beach


dropping all reference points

texts

allusions


I try to discern just a bird

and the elements

in their purity

undiluted by mental imprints


for a moment it even felt

I turned into the gull myself

until I found a cloud

patterned like Tiwaz


a rune of will and action


everything does always evoke something else

it is not

or it appears to be--


the mind's strange way

of grasping meanings of things


always reflected

and echoed --


never the original

Coral Cove Park

Coral Cove Park, Tequesta, Florida

Coral Cove Park, Tequesta, Florida

Runic Sky

Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Hobe Sound, Florida

Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Hobe Sound, Florida

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