I Believe

Craig Shillington

Mt Clear, Australia

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It was morning, and the new sun sparkled gold
across the ripples of a gentle sea.
A mile from shore a fishing boat chummed the water, and
the word for Breakfast Flock flashed through the air, till a
crowd of a thousand seagulls came to dodge and fight for bits
of food. It was another busy day beginning.
But way off alone, out by himself beyond boat and shore,
Jonathan Livingston Seagull was practising. A hundred feet in
the sky he lowered his webbed feet, lifted his beak, and strained
to hold a painful hard twisting curve through his wings. The
curve meant that he would fly slowly, and now he slowed until
the wind was a whisper in his face, until the ocean stood still
beneath him. He narrowed his eyes in fierce concentration,
held his breath, forced one … single … more … inch … of …
curve … Then his feathers ruffled, he stalled and fell.
Seagulls, as you know, never falter, never stall. To stall in the
air is for them disgrace and it is dishonour.
But Jonathan Livingston Seagull, unashamed, stretching his
wings again in that trembling hard curve – slowing, slowing,
and stalling once more – was no ordinary bird.

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Jonathan Livingston Seagull a story
RICHARD BACH

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