Thursday, October 22, 2020

A Message for Geese


This week, on my morning walks, I've been seeing (and hearing) geese flying overhead. It's  been very warm here so we drove to the lake today.  We saw a lot of geese just kind of hanging out.  I wondered if it was a rest stop, or if they are taking their good old time because it feels more like summer than fall.  Cooler temps are coming next week, and with snow already in the Midwest, winter is on its way. It's time for them to get going!

 

Fly South

 

Fly south geese go—

soon the earth will be covered

in ice and snow—  it’s time

to  leave for warmer winds,

go now before winter begins.


A big thank you to Jama for hosting this week's Poetry Friday at Jama's Alphabet Soup.

30 comments:

  1. Linda, I saw a huge party of honking birds flying away from Long Island this week. It was majestic and beautiful sight. I connected that image to your poem and feel so peaceful now. If you want to merge your image and poem together for my #AbundantAutumn Gallery, I would enjoy showcasing it.

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    1. Hi Carol, I'm not sure how to merge them. If I figure it out, I'll send it to you. : )

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  2. Your poem is the perfect public service announcement for the geese, Linda. I wonder if they enjoy poetry or find it "fowl". hee hee. :)

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    1. Good one, Bridget! I needed some humor today! : )

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  3. I love the tone of this poem, Linda! I think the words in your poem are exactly the voice of their instincts. Thank you! xo

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    1. Ruth, I'm trying to get them moving, but I think they like hanging out at the lake. : )

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  5. We saw a big flock of geese yesterday -- traffic stopped to let them cross the street! Enjoyed your poem. :)

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    1. Thank you, Jama. Oh, I'm so glad the traffic stopped for them. It reminds me of Make Way for Ducklings. : )

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  6. Oh the wild geese and their journey. Isn't the migration internal clock fascinating? We have snow geese who hang out on our lake (a Finger Lake)....and honestly I have not heard the honking overhead as yet. It was lovely seeing you on the Zoom meeting. Glad we are sharing space in that wonderful new anthology. So glad to be part of Hop To It! I know kids, teachers and parents will love this one.
    Janet Clare F.

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    1. I agree, Janet. It is a wonderful resource for teachers and parents, especially during this time. I enjoyed seeing you on Zoom too! I hope we get to "see" each other again soon. : )

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  7. Lovely, Linda. We heard a huge gander fly-by a few weeks ago right before our first freeze warning. I think they got our just in time:)

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    1. Thank you, Kimberly. We had a freeze warning here last week, but this week, it is like summer! I wonder if the geese get as confused about the seasons as we do. : )

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  8. Our geese seem to dally here for a long time & sometimes I think they stay all winter, at least some do. I like the rhythm of your poem, a crowd cheer for those geese!

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  9. Hi Linda, my husband said the same thing. He thinks some of them do stick around during the winter. I'm going to keep my eyes and ears open to see if they do. : )

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  10. I love your photo and I love watching geese. Your poem is a gentle warning to them to get going! Congratulations to you on your publication in Hop To It.

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  11. I love this earnest warning, Linda, urging the geese toward a safer place. Geese are one of my favorite autumn sights and sounds.

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    1. Yes, there is something comforting to me about seeing and hear geese flying in formation. I love watching them take turns leading the way.

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  12. Love. I have yet to hear the geese this year. Granted I have been gone. Like the geese I hope in the days to come there will be safer places for us,

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    1. I hope for the same, Jone. Thank you for your comment.

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  13. Lovely call to geese in your poem Linda, and shooing them along their airway. I just finished a holiday card with three snow geese in flight, hopefully it will fly over to my Etsy shop soon, thanks!

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    1. Michelle, I hope you'll post your painting on your blog. Your art is always breathtaking. I can't wait to see the card!

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  14. I'm worried that geese flying south (along with ice and snow) will someday be stories that are told about a time long ago, and not a reality anymore...

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    1. I know what you mean, Mary Lee. My husband said he thinks the geese are sticking around longer because the climate has changed. It would be sad if our grandchildren miss out on nature's beauty.

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  15. This has the flavor of an old nursery rhyme or a jump rope rhyme, Linda. I love it.

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  16. I'm sure they would appreciate your gentle reminder if they understood English, Linda. :) It's a lovely poem!

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