A snow white seagull circles the rocky beach, suddenly
swooping from on high to garner a hearty mollusk in its talons,
gaining altitude it centers itself over a rocky outcrop,
dropping the clam, hoping it will crack open
No such luck on the first attempt, two tries later,
the tasty innards of the mollusk are exposed; ‘lunch’,
several more gulls gather, they too experienced limited success on
first attempts, seemingly two or more tries was the norm; such is
life, or is it?
Lying on a lounge in front of the summer rental, intently watching
this fascinating rite of nature, I was unknowingly witnessing a life
lesson; the lowly seagull as a teaching tool, who knew? Their
entire diet depends on sea life, if they fail to find food,
Humans can take some counsel from the actions of these avian
foragers; if one has a goal, desire or seemingly unrealistic
aspiration, keep at it, don’t give up, think like a gull, looks like
it’s working for them
And alas; thousands of clams await in the ebbing tide…
— Ernie Larsen, Meriden
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