Mag 197

photo from The Guardian, Eyewitness

photo from The Guardian, Eyewitness



no Jonathan’s here
just avid hungry sea gulls
men feed them daily
so they flock in massive packs
diving and keening loudly

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Written for The Mag, December 8, 2013

19 thoughts on “Mag 197

    • same thing happens with sparrows and pidgeons here…but they’re smaller…they don’t get into coolers but try to steal your brioche when you eating in a sidewalk café…people’s fault really.


        • There’d been a campaigne throughtout Italy to reduce the pigeon problem and it’s worked pretty good. Then some publicity company decided it’s be cool to do a tv commerical with a famous soccer player and a sparrow drinking from his glass of mineral water. People started feeding sparrows at their café talbes and on thing led to another. Now the sparrows have taken the place of the pidgeons. this is just one of many


          • sure are..until they’re 3 or 4 bomb diving your brioche at the lake café! That’s the whole problem really, the birds are pretty and movies like Mary Poppins or a book like Jonathan L. Seagull etc makes it cool to feed them or whatever and you find the beasties of course in mass in the plaza or on the beach…same reason one shouldn’t feed the bears in the National Parks…those aren’t Yogi and Boo Boo!. 🙂


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