Thursday, January 18, 2024

Poetry Friday - Getting Outside!


 


It's Poetry Friday, and Robyn Hood-Black is hosting HERE on her blog, Life on the Deckle Edge for Poetry Friday. Be sure to visit her today, to enjoy a cup of tea, along with poetry!

               Obviously, I don't need to remind everyone that it's been cold! I hope that everyone made it through this "weather event" with little mishap! Our Wednesday in Denver was the first day it became a day to #getoutside, the hashtag I'm often reminding everyone to do on social media. I went to our City Park where our beautiful Nature and Science Museum sits, with a lake, broad views of our mountains, and so often, gaggles of geese (poetic, right?. ) Among them, this is one view I noticed. In our year of political woes and foes, I do wonder what qualities make a leader? And how does it work with animals? Some are the fiercest, others are the largest, and perhaps we can't know because of language barriers, could some be the wisest? 

           


Three geese flying in,

wander wiggle into line,

trusting the leader

to find the way 

to good eating.

A grassy field waits.

          Linda Baie ©


Where they were headed.


33 comments:

  1. I saw a flock of geese in a V pattern yesterday, actually I heard them first, sure must've been cold up there… "wander wiggle" is fun to say and read, nice of the geese to be a diversion for us this week, looks like you had fun with them too, thanks Linda!

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    1. Thanks, Michelle. I guess that when flying, they warm their bodies. In a little research, I found that that V is called a 'skein'.

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  2. There is wisdom in the question you ask. And, I like how the poem-answer shows that finding sustenance by the leader is a good trait. Great idea for a poem and great poem.

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    1. Being able to find food for one's community, family, seems important, yes! Thanks, Linda!

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  3. Thanks for sharing your poem and the story of how it came to be! I especially love the last line - it has the sense of a haiku that is evocative and brings a sense of closure to the poem.

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    1. Thanks, Elisabeth. It's a lovely thing to me to watch animals' behaviors and imagine what might be going on.

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  4. A wise question, Linda! What do other species value in a leader? I hope our country puts wisdom first when we choose.

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    1. And I do as well, Tabatha. I suspect it's on most minds right now. Thanks!

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  5. Linda, I'm so glad you were able to have a #getoutside day. After too many cold days, that is always welcome. The thoughts you had with this little band of geese is thought-provoking. Like you said and Tabatha say, I too hope for good leadership to prevail.

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  6. Linda, cold is right. Below freezing temps make staying outside difficult. I really like your photo and poem that ties right in with political leaders. You got the trust factor right: trusting the leader. I hope this year's elections give us another leader that leads with honor and care for this country and its people. Stay warm!

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  7. Good for you for getting outside when you can! I love the sounds of "wander wiggle into line" and the hope of good eating at the end. Hoping for trustworthy leaders around the world!

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  8. Thanks for coming by and helping me celebrate being out again, Denise, Carol, & JoAnn. It was a pleasure to see so much, and watching those three do what they did really made me start thinking!

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  9. You found some good inspiration, Linda. "[W]ander wiggle into line" made me smile! It's a good way of describing that goose procession. This time of year I try to remember to look for snow geese, who might be hanging out with their Canada goose friends.

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    1. Thanks for reminding me about the snow geese, Susan. They'll be going through here, too!

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  10. It's the geese again! Amazing that they are wearing the same outfit in both California autumn and Colorado snow. I like the sounds in your poem and how they link "trusting the leader" with "A grassy field waits."

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    1. Those geese have become a nice part of our lives, haven't they? Thanks, Karin.

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  11. May we choose wise leaders who point us towards grassy fields. (And thank you for taking me on a field trip in my mind to City Park in Denver!)

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    1. I am so hopeful, Mary Lee! And am happy that you enjoyed that virtual tour of City Park! It's still lovely! Thanks!

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  12. Linda, that is SO interesting! How IS the geese leader chosen? Must they be smart, charming, wise, funny? What a fun thought to ponder! Also, what is the process? Election, hostile takeover, popularity?

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    1. They really did wiggle around after landing, Tracey, and fairly quickly got into a line with that leader! I did wonder about the 'how' and the 'why'! It brought the poem. Thanks for your own wondering!

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  13. Linda, I love the wander wiggle into line, and your poem fits the image so beautifully!

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  14. I love how you mused about leaders as you watched the geese. Fortunately for them, they may choose one that's proven to be competent to lead the way. Maybe not. Or maybe one just takes over somehow. It is so cold here. I love to go outside, but 10 degrees is a little too cold except for perhaps a very short stroll down the street.

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  15. I'm not a fan of geese, but I do love that "wander wiggle."

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  16. Thanks, Carmela, Janice, & Marcie. It's all up in the air, isn't it? Including the geese!

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  17. I can see your geese, especially when they "wander, wiggle into line." Nice!

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  18. And your poem also leaves me pondering that trust - and why do we yearn to give it? -and do the geese?

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  19. I know what *doesn't* make a good leader, at least, and that fills me with fear. Your city park outing sounds lovely <3

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  20. I can think of ways that fierce, large and wise could all be good qualities in a leader, goose or otherwise! #getoutside is the best advice--I hope to follow it more this week.

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  21. Thanks, all for coming by. Yes, I guess we do agree about those good leaders! Have a great week ahead!

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  22. #getoutside is a wonderful mantra, but it's so cold! I don't know how anyone survives in the cold. Love your photo and the little story about the geese.

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  23. Hi Linda: Yes, we have tried to get outside, but wow... the wind! I shoveled cleaned my car, and I was mighty glad to have warm MN clothes. Yesterday (Sunday) as I got in my car I heard geese, and then two vees came right over my house, very low. Quite a lovely way to start the day! Thanks for this wander and wiggle! We wondered how they were finding food also.

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  24. Not surprised you are keen to #getoutside whenever possible, Dear Linda! Love your ponderings on the geese and that wander/wiggle. Ahh, dominance hierarchies, animals and human animals. I hope those in the latter variety choosing a leader here this year at least can be wise themselves.

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  25. Sorry for you 'colder' weather, Margaret. I've been seeing what's happening in LA. Glad to read about your 'geese' sighting, Karen. I know ours flies from lake to lake during the winter. And, yes, Robyn, wishing will help, hopefully to get out to vote! Thanks, all!

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