Gulls of Winter

I straggled lonely down the beach
My last desire was spent:
December only crowned the winter
Of my discontent

When these two gulls, they circled down
Beside the waves and me:
Two sporting in chill freedom,
Me mired in misery

I had them for that moment,
Their impulse became mine;
And all my disappointments
Started there to realign

So now I write about them,
While they’ve been long offstage:
But one bird you have in your eyes
Is worth ten
On the page

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Clichés become clichés for a reason. Tell us about the last time a bird in the hand was worth two in the bush for you.

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