Passing Through

I’m never quite sure what to expect as the next prompt for Big Tent Poetry– each one is more creative than the last! This week, we were invited to leave first lines from our own poems for use by others. I didn’t use any of the lines, per se, but Cynthia Veach’s wonderful line: “Then V by V the geese decide to leave” suggested the topic for my poem.

Passing Through

They arrive in lines, with great cries,
heralding their arrival at this midway point—
travelers, just passing through
to their ultimate destination.
With silent accord, they descend on the lake,
a resting place for weary wings,
and just as suddenly, are gone again,
swept up by the wind,
forming chevrons across the sky,
leaving autumn in their wake.



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16 thoughts on “Passing Through

  1. Lovely, Cara. That was the line that inspired me, too – Geese are such wonderful creatures. Have you read Lessons from the Geese by Dr Robert McNeish? It begins:

    FACT: As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an “uplift” for the bird immediately following. By flying in a “V” formation, the whole flock has at least 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew alone.

    LESSON: People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.

    I have the whole piece bluetacked to the wall above my desk.

  2. Perfect. We have a group of geese nearby that takes off, flies, and comes back and re-lands on a year-round pond nearby. I could hear the honking in reading this great poem.

  3. I share your fondness for the geese, and our luck at being in the flyway.

    A wonderful feel to your poem, and like the last line especially; “wake” is a wonderful word, thought!

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