The Surfer And The Seal

by Duncan Jones

The surfer sailed across the waves
The seal watched from below
Then said the seal when face to face
“A fine impressive show!

I challenge you, a dare, a test
Your great skills versus mine
Though when you lose do promise me
That you won’t sulk and whine!”

“I have tricks and stunts a-plenty!”
Said the surfer with a grin
“And I’m bored of all your talking …
Say the word and let’s begin!”

And like that their duel began
Oh what a show indeed!
Both sailed and dove and splashed and rode
So many came to see …

They made the dolphins jealous
Fish stared and seagulls squawked
From all around they came to watch
As all the ocean talked …

Then when finally fading, tired
(For the waves were rather strong)
Face to face they met again
But they did not get along …

Surfer said, “Well clear it is
That you’re talented, oh yes!
But what’s also just as clear my friend …
Today I was the best!”

“Ridiculous!” exclaimed the seal
As he ducked below a wave
“You didn’t stand a chance at all
Although your show was brave!”

Their fussing carried on like this
Yelling, thrashing in the water
And as the blue sky said goodbye
Their argument grew hotter …

Until a final round of splashing
Colored by the setting sun
And with that the winner chosen!
For there now remained just one