Cognisance

Cognisance

A Poem by Pete
"

A gun will give you the body, not the bird. - Thoreau

"
Have We All Missed the Point About Seagulls? �

down by the inlet
seagull perched atop a light post
head nervously pacing back and forth
up and down
trying to figure out what i am
a brief stopover
giving me the once-over

cleared for takeoff
he jets out
gliding over the water
calling back to me as he disappears out of sight
mew
keow
hahaha

it's all that i have today
it must be enough
it has to suffice
even if loneliness is the price

no need to tell me twice



© 2021 Pete


Author's Note

Pete
"It would be well, perhaps, if we were to spend more of our days and nights without any obstruction between us and the celestial bodies, if the poet did not speak so much from under a roof, or the saint dwell there so long. Birds do not sing in caves, nor do doves cherish their innocence in dovecots." - Thoreau

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another fine member of your list of poems ... just a few minutes in ones life ... when our attention is demanded by something more sublime than our foolish hastening about thinking everything that "must be done" is the most important thing in that life ... to be grateful for the small things is health for the mind and heart and soul ... i think it is one of the best pathways to reach towards God our Creator .. i always enjoy your quotes from Thoreau as well .. tho i don't think i have mentioned it before ... its like .. do i shoot and have supper for the day .. or submerge myself in a certain beauty of the moment .. good stuff for me this morning .. thanks for sharing it
E.

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Pete

1 Month Ago

it amazes me what the senses can discover when all the distracting, debris is swept away. we can b.. read more



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' cleared for take off ~ he jets out ~ gliding over the water ~ calling back to me as he disappears out of sight ~ mew ~ keow ~ hahaha '

YES. yes, yes! . Tis how it is and so mesmerising to watch. Here the glide and dive, the sound and scene melding together so wonderfully. Methinks you've done what should be done at this time, find the calm and beautiful ~ it veils and dilutes the rest.. at least for a while. Beautiful reality, start to finish, Pete. Stay safe, please.

Your best friend and increasingly mine, has added yet more truths to the pot. A great quote.


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Pete

1 Month Ago

wow. smiling. yes, he knew how to stir a hearty, healthy stew with only a few essential ingredient.. read more
I love this so much . . . I was transported to the realm of seagull rebuffs & the ensuing echoing aloneness. You bring this creature ALIVE with your feathery descriptions! Almost like I was inside the seagull's head! (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

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Pete

1 Month Ago

it's funny you say that. i was sitting there mulling over my troubles and i made a conscious decisi.. read more
barleygirl

1 Month Ago

I love it! *smile*
barleygirl

1 Month Ago

Your poem inspired mine: "Sunrise, Sunset"
I started thinking of The Birds....the other day I was in a Walmart parking lot and there were about 50 of them flying and swooping overhead...

I wondered what they were thinking, looking at me.
They were wondering what I was thinking, looking at them....
I guess all we had that day was each other.
j.

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Pete

1 Month Ago

i first saw alfred hitchcock's 'the birds' when i was quite young and it scared the heck out of me ... read more
jacob erin-cilberto

1 Month Ago

and weren't the scariest parts just before the birds would attack? when they were gathering?
.. read more
Pete

1 Month Ago

yes!! the anticipation. you just knew that they were coming again but didn't know exactly when or.. read more
another fine member of your list of poems ... just a few minutes in ones life ... when our attention is demanded by something more sublime than our foolish hastening about thinking everything that "must be done" is the most important thing in that life ... to be grateful for the small things is health for the mind and heart and soul ... i think it is one of the best pathways to reach towards God our Creator .. i always enjoy your quotes from Thoreau as well .. tho i don't think i have mentioned it before ... its like .. do i shoot and have supper for the day .. or submerge myself in a certain beauty of the moment .. good stuff for me this morning .. thanks for sharing it
E.

Posted 1 Month Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Pete

1 Month Ago

it amazes me what the senses can discover when all the distracting, debris is swept away. we can b.. read more
So that's what those damned gulls were saying all these years. And here I thought it was gibberish.

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Pete

1 Month Ago

it made my day because i let it. didn't you take seagull in school? i do wish i could talk them ab.. read more

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