Tuesday, December 8, 2015

whirling clouds

 astonished, i drove, 
braked,
 and looked and looked
 snow geese
amidst their larger cousins
 everywhere, in dizzying clouds
i parked behind
that car dealership
whose owner dug this pond
 on my road 
and there,
amongst the canada geese,
the snow geese.
every time i hear that story
of the snow goose on embattled english marshes,
but here 
 they bunched into groups
 keeping in the water
 where, perhaps, they retained
a little more mobility?
 now swimming
after that huge kaleidoscope
 settled down
and oh they were loud! 
all of them, see those snowy ones
with their mouths open?
 perhaps they'd just left the field across the road
where a little corn might scatter around
waiting to feed these late movers
or happy winter feasters
whichever they are.

11 comments:

ronnie said...

ooo fabulous!

Velma Bolyard said...

ronnie, i almost went right off the road in my excitement!

aimee said...

!!!!!! WOW.

Mo Crow said...

what a gathering!

Leena said...

Wonderful experience, I'm sure. I love the photos, I can almost hear all the noise the geese make.

Velma Bolyard said...

mo, they were something amazing, though a smallish group.
aimee, INDEED!
leena, it was--they were LOUD, and very crowded.

neki desu said...

chatty birds!

Missouri Bend Paper Works said...

Love this....we have the snow geese as well. Your photos are delightful, as we never see them quite so closely. I love the mix of the birds...what a great start to my day! Cheers, Patti

Velma Bolyard said...

neki, yes, those snow gees--so many had their mouths open in the photos!
patti, we only get them once in a while , they sorta meander around. canada geese we have migrant and resident populations. those snow geese always remind me of that little book~

Fiona Dempster said...

What a moment V! I would definitely have given you a late note for class if needed. Just amazing...

Velma Bolyard said...

fiona, you wouldn't have had to, it was on the weekend!

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