Easily Entertained (poem & video)

For a stretched moment

we are not our voices
        aging parents,
                    and relationships

we are not our choices
that leave us
                    and releasing

we are who we’ve
always been –
playful spirits
hushed by life’s

we found each other
again –
laughing at life’s
silly shit

“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.”

― Anais Nin

A joke with a visual punchline. Read, then watch video:

We noticed a solo seagull floating downstream toward the sea. Bouncing over waves, he seemed to be enjoying his very own waterpark ride. This observation may be hard to believe… he looked happy and carefree. A seagull happy? How can that be? We laughed at the sight of him. Once he reached the end of his ride (just before his river rapids were swallowed by ocean waves) he walked out of the water. We joked about him going back for another “ride.” This is what we witnessed:

Laughing lady voices: 1. “He’s having a blast.” ~ Patricia 2. “He is.” ~ me 3. C is chuckling in the background.

Life has a way of offering sweet surprises.

How wonderful it is when we notice them. ✨

I have been reconnecting with nature and resetting my rhythm in Oregon this week with my daughter and friends.

The featured location takes on an entirely different tone and hue this time of year, compared to June, when my friend, Patricia and I were last in Florence, Oregon. Check out video from that visit: “Poshbean and Tumbleweed at the Beach”

Thanks for reading and viewing. Be well. 💗 Michele

Photos: taken by me unless I am in them, then they were taken by Poshbean Photo locations: Florence, Oregon, Cape Cove Beach, and Heceta Lighthouse

© 2022 Michele Lee Sefton

95 thoughts on “Easily Entertained (poem & video)

  1. Al Bell

    Okay, you got me again, Michele. I floated through the poem, beguiled. Then I got to the last word and laughed out loud! I tried it again—same result. Hah! Beautiful.


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  2. asumoftheparts

    Just spent 6 days in California with my life-time best friend. There’s nothing quite like re-telling old stories..laughing at private jokes, sharing new experiences in a long-line of shared ones, just so much “unsaid” because she can fill in the blanks because she knows what I’m thinking before I can give voice to it…really nothing like spending time with long-time (not old) friends.


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  3. So beautiful video with a poor seagull swiming in the strong running water so lovely 😊 🙏👍🏻
    And the beautiful photos and twonderful poem to read 📖✍️ so evergreen moments dear
    with your daughter and friend , most wonderful trip 👏❤️grace wishes and happy weekend 🙏

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    1. He was having a grand time! Lucky us, getting to watch his joy as he bounced over waves. 😊 Thanks a million kindhearted and generous Thattamma. 💗 We are having a beautiful day. Wishing you and yours the same! 🌞

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    1. Being a grown-up can sometimes make us grumpy. 😆 Whenever possible we should connect with the playful spirit that dwells within. It is a treasure when we can do so with friends, partners, or happy seagulls. 😁 Thank you, Ingrid. I must agree – we didn’t make a splash, but we had as much fun! 😊

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  4. Oh my goodness Michele, I simply adored that seagull. I love his carefree spirit and laidback attitude. Wish I could have joined him/her. Your pictures are worth 1.000 words and your summation, “I have been reconnecting with nature and resetting my rhythm in Oregon this week with my daughter and friends” is so refreshing. Thank you for sharing these special moments of your trip with us my dancing queen! Stay safe! 😍💖🤗💋🥰🦅😍💐😘🌉

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    1. The happy seagull was a reminder to have fun and go with the flow. 😁 The river ride did look like fun – a bit cold perhaps. I will bring a wetsuit next time. 😆 I am delighted that my photos spoke to you. I had fun taking them. Thank you, Kymbelina. 😊 We will stay safe. On the dance floor. 😁💃🏽💞💃🏻

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    1. Isn’t he/she the poster child, or bird, for finding the fun? 😁 Friends who have been friends since childhood help bring out the child or those who have never grown up can do the same. 😆 Thank you, Jeff. Greatly appreciated! It is indeed a happy weekend. Same to you! 💖🌳

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    1. Much gratitude to you. Thank you, David. haha One of the signs, although talking about others may not have an age association. 😆 Nature can be more interesting and peaceful, yes indeed!


    1. Thanks a million, Dwight, for loving my poem. I am grateful. 🙏🏻 Yes, that happy-go-lucky bird was a delight! 😁 Life’s busyness has a way of robbing us of our true essence. Life is more enjoyable when we remember to keep it light and carefree, whenever possible – like that happy bird! 😊

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