Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel

December 26, 2002

Thousands of sea-birds
gulls, albatrosses
wind forcing west, west
waves complying
foam atop their bodies

The birds hover
in the wind, their friend.
A simple change in wings:
they suspend
in place
as if hung by gossamer wires
in a natural history museum

Then they break away
down to the white-topped waves
to claim a flippery-slippery
cold wet delicious prize
and return to lie in the air
by the cars racing past
on the bridge.

Copyright © 2002 Susan Midlarsky