Two seagulls – K. J. Koukas

Background to the poem:

Another one of my poems, but this one is slightly different. I am not sure what to call it. Maybe a comical poem? Don’t know. Some background to this. I come from a small island in Greece where everyone knows everyone. So sometimes there can be no privacy or a story could get round in seconds. Old families have nicknames, everyone is hospitable, and in some respect we are all one big family. Now, imagine old grandmothers sitting around, people watching, gossiping and spreading rumours. I was home over the Christmas period and while sitting at a cafe with my sister this poem just occurred. Our mascot is a pelican called Petros and on that particular day he was out roaming the roads. We saw him and said hello and there was an actual goose who would not stop crying. At one point the goose was ‘shouting’ at a parked car. My sister and I found that odd and laughed of course. So here it is…. 

Two seagulls – K. J. Koukas  (January 2017)
Sitting at the cafe
And what do I see ?
Two seagulls going by
Talking in a high.This is how it went.

Why did you hear ?
Said the one
About what ?
Said the other

Why about Petros the pelican?
What about Petros the pelican?
Why he had an affair
What ? Really?

Yes. Apparently she was quite a gal.
And he quite a flirt
Why yes. How did you know?
Why that is Petros for you.

Anyway. They went flapping together
You don’t say.
Why I do say.
And then what happened ?

Why then they ended up beaking.
No!?
Yes.
No!

I start gigging and they turn
They look at me
And say what a strange creature
They turn and start again.

Why did you hear ?
Said the one
About what?
Said the other.

Why about Mrs Goose.
What about Mrs Goose?
Why she was drunk and loud
Oh really?

Why yes…

And off they went.
Two seagulls going by
Talking on a high.

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