LilacFree (lilacfree) wrote,

I saw wild geese flying north today. I heard them first, a bird sound that seemed to come from quite close by. Then again, sounding as if it were across the street. I don't have good directional hearing, so it took a moment for the clue hammer to fall and make me look up. I don't think I've ever seen them in such a big group before, there were several V formations. I was standing in a large clear area so they were silhouetted against the cloudy sky.
It was very beautiful, and I stood there watching thinking that this is how geese look streaming through the sky before man even figured out to build fire.

In their honor, I'd like to quote from T.H. White's 'The Once and Future King'. The first part of the book is called 'The Sword in the Stone' and is the source of the Disney movie which is infinitely inferior. I believe here White is paraphrasing Gerard Manley Hopkin's poem 'The Windhover'.
This is supposed to be the song that the wild geese sing as they fly.

You turning world, pouring beneath our pinions,
Hoist the hoar sun to welcome morning's minions.

See, on each breast the scarlet and vermilion,
Hear, from each throat the clarion and carillion.

Hark, the wild wandering lines in black battalions,
Heaven's horns and hunters, dawn-bright hounds and stallions.

Free, free: far, far: and fair on wavering wings,
Comes Anser albifrons, and sounds, and sings.
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