The Ecphorizer

Seagull Song
Gareth Penn

Issue #58 (September 1986)

The seagull species look a lot
As if they're all named Emma.
Should they be shot with shot, or not?
Oh, what a dire dilemma!

Myself, I'll shoot no seagulls dead,
Nor bloody their snowy blazons;
Instead, I'll feed them bits of bread
And sweet Sultana raisins.

O Man, your kind was never meant
To soar to heights so regal!
If you're named Emma, be content
With looking like a seagull.

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Gareth Penn

Gareth Penn is probably best known as the greatest amateur Zodiac sleuth after his many articles in The Ecphorizer that lead to the identity of Zodiac. However, Penn is much more than that as he has a keen inquisitive mind that finds an interesting story in just about anything from a memorial to a little-known soldier in a park in Vallejo, CA, to his notes about animals, to plumbing the depths of the limerick. Penn's prolific pen is evident in that he has made a contribution to every issue of The Ecphorizer up through Issue #33 (and counting!).