the smell of the sea

Written by: Suzette Richards

the smell 
of the sea 
is overpowered by the
watermelon fragrance of newly mowed lawn

wagtails
hunting for unseen tit-bits 
among shrubs –
an earthworm becomes a bone of contention

a butcherbird swoops – 
swallowing the spoil

if only the wagtails had agreed to share...
there’s enough for all of us to go around