Thursday, April 18, 2013

A Dead Gull and a Map of the World - National Poetry Month, 2013

Perhaps my favorite poems are those that take everyday events and turn them into something magical.  Sarah Fox is a poet who possesses a great sense of intuitiveness in regard to making the most of life’s small moments.  Of course, it doesn’t hurt that her everyday life consists of a magnificent historical home not far from the Pacific coast outside of Seattle.  Oh, and her idyllic surroundings also consist of a husband intent on helping make the world more just, a son who “swears in context”, and two adorable dog children.  Also, her mission statement is awesome: “We believe in social justice, equity, and wind power.”  Don’t you all want to be her friend, too?

As Sarah says over on her blog, Overeducated Waitress, “…while the future cannot be anticipated, I am glad to say that these are the most satisfying days of my life.”  Her poetry clearly illustrates this sentiment in her ability to make us stop and reflect on even the smallest of life’s details.

Today Sarah shares one of her beautiful pieces with us. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

A Dead Gull and a Map of the World by Sarah Fox

Driving home from Violet’s 2nd birthday party,
which was sweet in every way imaginable,
Callum and I discussed the colors of the things we passed,
orange backhoes and green trees, yellow cars and blue signs.
I passed a seagull in the right hand lane,
its wings were outstretched,
and it had been run over several times.
And I thought about the colors of the scene,
and about flying
and how sometimes life is wrought
with unpredictable happenings.
Callum chattered in the backseat, showing me his party favors in the rearview
Ahead, I saw a crumpled piece of trash dancing along the shoulder of the highway
I reached one hand into the backseat to receive
the item my son needed help with
and in that moment
the trash lifted up into the winter sky
and was unfurled
by the wind
revealing before me a perfectly unfolded
map of the world
i exited the highway
and drove up the hill to our house
how to blow into a paper whistle party favor
which was yellow
and unfurled with a tweet
at the end of the curl of paper,
much to my two-year old son’s delight.

Don't forget, if you would like to learn more about poetry - and how to read it - visit the poetry foundation's website for some wonderful, interesting, and helpful suggestions on how poetry provides an opportunity to view the world from a different perspective.


  1. Oh, love! I suspected you two would like each other! Thanks to both of you for making a smaller, warmer world through your words... We so need this. Hugs.

  2. Thank you, Tele, both for the introduction to Sarah and her writing and also for the lovely compliments :-)