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Only the seagulls knew  that you had left me  -
I screamed to them against the hurling wind
And the fury of  the oncoming breakers -
And they burst uncontrollably into a clamorous cacophony,
Shrieking their sadness, unmeasured, illimited,
Rising from the sea in a huge wheeling cloud of feathered whiteness, 
Screeching, disemboweling their sorrow,
Lurching  in frenzy this way then that,
Resisting the wind dragging them  inland from the beach,
And fighting their way back to the sea's domain again,
To plunge and wheel over the tormented foam.
It was  not as human grief, limited by decorum or witness;
Their grief was animalistic and unfettered,
Loud enough to echo from the caves and  savage cliffs 
And shrill enough to pierce the deafest ears
Which had not heard the eviscerating news that you had left me.
For their cries went on and on in uncontrolled brutish persistence
Terrible  enough to reach the very gates of heaven, 
And my shredded soul drained itself of grief with each cry
As the white whirlwind dissipated and subsided. 
In the end my heart slowly abandoned animal agony,
And I welcomed its return to humanity with waves of uncontrollable tears,
Shuddering, gushing and  cleansing,
A baptismal tide washing through  my ripped soul
In an effort to heal the loss, of which only the seagulls knew.


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  1. Date: 8/17/2013 11:58:00 AM
    I have always felt rather sad while hearing the cry of a seagull......for some unknown reason. Somehow you have put into words the feeling I get while listening to them against the seaward sky. You must be one who lives near the ocean to know this personally. Great poem!

  1. Date: 7/4/2013 10:19:00 AM
    WOW, I always love seeing a new poem of yours. The screech of these birds is a great way to discuss this painful emotion!