plump placid pelicans
snooze safely on the sandbar
while flighty seabirds fluff about

they all reside in the middle of the river
safe but on display for those who walk
jog cycle boat or fish along the bank

a temperate island on north creek
sheltered from the river mouth
offers respite to birdlife and us

as we enjoy mutual fascination
observed from a secure distance
all relaxed chilling in our own way

soaking up the essence of life
avoiding any mischief or strife
serenity arises in each moment

as we avoid pandemic fears
bad news and political posturing
restful in our prime locality

marvelling that we are off the hook
our biggest bother, what to cook
content with our natural outlook