Hosted by Kath Abela Wilson

      twenty feet in the air
      first time I flew he says
      weeks by his side
      while they repaired his wings
      my resilient husband

      ~ Kath Abela

      Ο Ο Ο

      a paiting of water, mountains and lots of intricate clouds

      Details from a painting by Michele L. Harvey

      Christina Martin

      a rough point
      on the side of the wind
      gulls nest
      bathed in evening
      ledges full of brave wings

      Ο Ο Ο

      A sailboat in the blue sea

      Sailboat (Photo – Michele L. Harvey)

      Michele L. Harvey

      harbor gulls
      laugh madly overhead…
      after weeks
      of waiting like sailors’ wives
      their ship has come in too

      the white spume
      of gulls fills a black sky
      above the sailor
      gutting his catch
      as his ship steams to shore

      on my sea of memory
      you ride the waves
      like some lone seabird
      who has no other home

      showing me
      the shorthand for a seabird
      the artist
      who sells drawings in the street
      has asked me for my hand

      to be that bird
      secure upon the sea
      from wingtip to wingtip
      all that she knows
      is home

      Ο Ο Ο

      A gravestone with a sailboat on it

      Cooperstown sailboat gravestone (Photo – Michele L. Harvey

      Jules Leigh Koch

      gulls wings
      tilt the sky
      while the horizon
      still manages to draw
      a straight line

      in the beach carpark
      a man is folding up
      his child’s pram as delicately
      as gull wings fold in the sky


      A bird on a rail with a pier and beach behind it

      Seagull balancing at Ventura Beach (Photo – Kath Abela Wilson)

      Brave Wings: Quotes and Credits

      Christina Martin lives in West Wales, in the UK, with her husband Denis, by the sea and its ever-changing moods. Her interest in writing began at an early age. Plant-life and birds are two of her great loves.

      Michele L. Harvey has called many ports home via her poetry, and what better place to ply than the sea of memory? On land, she sails between rural Hamilton and urban Brooklyn, New York, mooring for six months at either end.

      Jules Leigh Koch has published four collections of poetry. He also has worked as a mentor with writers from the Richard Llewellyn Arts and Disability Trust. Koch works as an educator in his local primary school.

      A note from Kath Abela

      Send short poems, haiku, senryu, tanka, cherita haibun, tanka prose, short prose poems, etc., or your own unique approach, on future themes of our Poets Salon: “Inside and Out,” “Something New (year),” “Fresh Start,” “New Tradition,” “The Old Way,” and “Rose Parade.”

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