Montana Outdoors

December 10, 2006

The thirteenth goose

Filed under: Canadian goose, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Poetry, Writing — Tags: , — montucky @ 8:08 pm

Early this morning a flight of Canadian geese could be seen over the river in their familiar “V” pattern, but this time something was not right: instead of even pairs, there were only thirteen. These beautiful big birds mate for life, and if one loses its mate, it will usually take another the following year, but seeing an uneven number in a “V” during the winter has always held a moment of sadness for me.

So, for the thirteenth goose, this:

The beat of gray wings
on a cold gray sky,
and a space in the “V”
for a time gone by.
Your life-mate is gone
and the winter is long:
there’s a void in your life
and a tear in your song.
I know your sorrow,
or if sorrow’s not known.
the loneliness;
feathered grief of its own.
When the grass next turns green
and the gray sky turns blue,
a new life-mate, then,
is my fain for you.

(I seldom attempt poetry, and I think now the reason for that is obvious.)

8 Comments »

  1. Hey

    Great poem . . . I knew you had it in ya. Keep writing them . . . I was reading the other day, swans mate for life also, then it said unless they divorce. So what’s that supposed to mean, really?

    Dan Hanosh
    Dreams are yours to share

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    Comment by Dan Hanosh — May 18, 2007 @ 1:21 am

  2. Hey

    Great poem . . . I knew you had it in ya. Keep writing them . . . I was reading the other day, swans mate for life also, then it said unless they divorce. So what’s that supposed to mean, really?

    Dan Hanosh
    Dreams are yours to share

    Like

    Comment by Dan Hanosh — May 18, 2007 @ 1:25 am

  3. Hey

    Great poem . . . I knew you had it in ya. Keep writing them . . . I was reading the other day, swans mate for life also, then it said unless they divorce. So what’s that supposed to mean, really?

    Dan Hanosh
    Dreams are yours to share

    Like

    Comment by Dan Hanosh — May 18, 2007 @ 1:27 am

  4. Thanks Dan!

    I can’t imagine what they were talking about with the swans.

    Like

    Comment by montucky — May 18, 2007 @ 9:07 am

  5. Do not put down your poetry, those lines for the goose area beautiful!

    Like

    Comment by Cedar — March 5, 2010 @ 7:54 am

  6. I hope you keep writing poetry, if you wish!

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    Comment by Ellen Grace Olinger — May 4, 2012 @ 1:32 am

    • Thank you Ellen. I don’t know why, but my writing is sporadic.

      Like

      Comment by montucky — May 4, 2012 @ 9:43 pm


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