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(13 January 1947 / Southport)

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Where The Wild Gulls Fly

O lift me high upon the wind,
To where the wild gulls fly -
Above the mighty ocean’s swell,
Across the sapphire sky.

My refuge be the sailing ships
Which brave the raging seas,
And isles adorned with swaying Palms,
My heart to thus appease.

Then circling high above the storms
Of life’s beleaguered trail -
O carry me to distant shores,
To fly o’er hill and vale.

The wild gulls cry, the sweetest sound,
Is calling, calling me -
And I shall follow where they lead,
To where I shall be free.

O lift me high upon the wind,
To where the wild gulls fly -
Beyond all things that serve to bind,
Above the earth, so high.

And higher still to realms unknown
To mortal man below -
Behold the sun, behold the moon,
And dawn’s soft afterglow.

May air as sweet as angels’ breath
Caress me as I soar -
To feel nirvana’s soft embrace,
Enfold me evermore.

Submitted: Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Edited: Thursday, June 20, 2013


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  • Diane Hine (7/25/2013 6:31:00 AM)

    Your poems take us part-way there Val.

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  • Juan Olivarez (7/15/2013 6:42:00 PM)

    Such a lovely poem. Reminds me of my home in Galveston. Which I always long for, but now is somewhat a sadder place.

  • Meena Mustafa (7/2/2013 9:20:00 AM)

    Such a lovely poem.... I was imagining myself in this poem :) Great penning!

  • Hans Vr (6/29/2013 8:45:00 PM)

    I was flying while reading the poem. A fantastic ending

  • Hazel Durham (6/29/2013 2:31:00 PM)

    Wonderful escapism to be able to fly so high as the wild seagulls and hear their haunting cry!
    Amazing rhythm and flow!

  • Anthony Di''anno (6/25/2013 11:02:00 AM)

    Uplifting Val. Your rhyming is exquisite. A joy as ever :)

  • ..... W@king Up..... (6/25/2013 5:34:00 AM)

    The rhythm and rhyme in this is awesome :) I really love it when you rhyme!

  • Dinesh Nair (6/23/2013 7:38:00 AM)

    I have never thought the sea gulls could fly so well. I would like to presume one Valerie from Southport could give them a great company.. I am afraid to fly unlike you and Valsa though.

  • Valsa George (6/23/2013 2:44:00 AM)

    This is an amazing write! Lifting the soul to magical realms! Let me also join you in your aerial journey along with the flying flock of seagulls... Val and Val hand in hand? ?

  • Om Chawla (6/22/2013 10:12:00 AM)

    Excellent. How well you have penned the yearning of the Self [soul] to free itself and soar high: 'Beyond all things that serve to bind'... and
    'And higher still to realms unknown
    To mortal men below'..................
    and then again the last stanza: -
    ' May air as sweet as angels' breath
    .....Enfold me ever more'
    YOU ARE AMAZINGLY AMAZINGLY VERSATILE, VAL.

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