They open up their beaks and throats
For breakfast off the backs of boats.
Some take a dip and dive for brunch,
Some join the passengers for lunch—
Or swoop in low for sneak attacks
On peanut butter & jelly snacks.
And when they’re in a hungry mood,
Sea gulls love your finger food!
[First appeared in my Two-Legged, Four-Legged, No-Legged Rhymes,
Knopf, 1991. All rights belong to J. Patrick Lewis]
Poem published here by the kind permission
of J. Patrick Lewis