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Yesterday I Looked At Geese, Flying


Stumbling along behind my dog,
shoulders slumped and head down
as though arthritic knees had
drawn all my energy to themselves--

Their honking drew my eyes up,
skyward, to where the geese
traveled to the North
though it is January, and cold.

Geese in flight are a flock,
on foot a gaggle,
as though in air and on land
they are two different species.

Waddling, pooping, annoying down,
artful, majestic up in the air,
leaving a gentle, quiet, slalom wake
each separated from the others by two "gooselengths."
in almost perfect order and rhythm.

I am told the goose in "front" is not the strongest,
wisest, or the one who knows the way.
It is the one whose turn it is to lead, to break the wind.

They go off honking, and i continue our stumbling walk.
I don't look at geese enough,
nor sky, nor the life that lies behind "life."
The geese, my teachers, leave quickly.

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bardcat
Jan. 19th, 2014 09:08 pm (UTC)
Beautiful
bobby1933
Jan. 19th, 2014 10:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Jeff. Dianne agrees. (I won't believe it unless someone else says it.)
bardcat
Jan. 19th, 2014 10:32 pm (UTC)
Well, the author is into Buddhism. Maybe Dianne is practicing her Catholic sensibilities or maybe she just has her own rathers.
amaebi
Jan. 20th, 2014 12:47 pm (UTC)
I like that.

Do you really have a dog?
bobby1933
Jan. 20th, 2014 05:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you.

Oh, yes, i have a dog (and arthritis). The dog's name is Nikki (Niki) She is a twelve(?) year old Golden Labrador Retriever. We each(?) had dogs as children, and there have been one or more dogs in our homes for most of the last 45 years. They have been our friends, foster children, valued companions.

(I have not named my knees, perhaps i should)
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