The Seagull’s Ninetieth Seguidilla That seagull’s fire won’t ascend. It’s wrapped in paper. It ignites designs within A bird’s skyscraper. Mother of hoopoes And father of kiwis; our Wings make sky-tipis. ## The Seagull’s Ninety-Fifth Seguidilla Gone to rack and ruin, I Cock-a-doodle-doo. The ancient sound of new growth Reaching reaches through. It stretches, stretches Infinitely from the place Where history etches. ## The Seagull’s Ninety-Sixth Seguidilla Silvery sorority Above, very still; Like each falling snowflake, you Ring a little bell. The winter sky’s blank Page is marked by gulls made of Invisible ink.
Jake Sheff is a pediatrician and veteran of the US Air Force. He’s married with a daughter and crazy bulldog. Poems and short stories of Jake’s have been published widely. A full-length collection of formal poetry, A Kiss to Betray the Universe, is available from White Violet Press. He also has two chapbooks: Looting Versailles (Alabaster Leaves Publishing) and The Rites of Tires (SurVision).