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February 14, 2011

2.13.11 Flight


The geese flew
In a perfect
Vee,
In turns
They led and followed,

Then just like that
They turned as one
Into the
stiff north wind,

They hovered there
In brisk mid-air
The vee in perfect view,
This strange bird dance
So sweet so pure,
A tantalizing balance,

What caused
The geese to pause in flight,
Why take a break mid-air?

Then looking back
It all made sense,
Such lovely
Perfect sense,

A single goose
In rapid flight
Honked out his lonely plight,
Please wait,
I wish to join your team,
To fly as one tonight,

As he approached,
They turned as one,
Lone gray hooked on the end,
The group intact,
They turned due east,
To travel forth again,

So much to learn
From birds in flight,
Look out for all your kin,
Stop flight and wait
For those in need,
And then set off again,

Just wait
Then start
Again.

8 comments:

Jaime said...

Very nice!! It is on my to-do list to get a picture of a bird in flight...it'll be a while though. :)

Gisele said...

very nice capture. I haven't been successful at birds in flight yet....

Lois said...

Beautiful photo and poem.

danudin2011 said...

Gives top meaning to being caught "On the Wing"!

tchesney said...

The way these geese fly in sequence always fascinates me! Gorgeous image, and what perfect clarity!

BobbieCoughlin said...

So crisp! The fact that they are caught against that flat barely grey sky lets every detail show. It's so precise that it could be an illustration in a book on flight.

jackscrap said...

I love the poetry and the image you've shared, well done.

gerberbaby1 said...

Great photo and I so enjoyed your poem. Hope you didn't get pooped upon while photographing them!