The River Geese, a poem for Solstice 2011


The River Geese: Solstice 2011

For six months, a dozen well-dressed geese
with green cards from Canada, have talked
apart the sky above my house, wearing
smooth the air between the open Willamette
River and the foraging fields of Fern Ridge.

Now, in the dawn dark, I hear them high
up over the bike path cottonwoods,
coming my way. I imagine
what I cannot see–twenty four wings
beating tip to tip, veed out
like talkative angels. I can almost understand
the jokes, the chuckles, as they come faint,
pass over 340 N. Grand loud,
and, still in strong confabulation,fade
south to Skinner

Sandy Brown Jensen

I am a retired writing instructor and faculty tech specialist from Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. I still teach and am also a photographer, poet, blogger and digital storyteller (short videos).

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  • I’ve loved our tradition, even if not recently followed regularly. We share a common stream of poetic sensibility, and I love how differently it emerges through us.

    Solstice blessings!

  • I love that “…talked apart the sky…”, it makes me remember seeing the lake of geese in Land Between the Rivers (now between the Lakes) in the fall when I was very young. The geese used to fly down from Canada and overwinter there in southwestern Kentucky. Now, knowing a good thing, many stay through the year, along with the deer and coyotes that have taken over the empty farms. Anyway, I like writing about the winter solstice, too, and have a number of poems about that darkest night before the return to light. Love your writing and love that you share so generously! Thank you!

  • Better late than never I suppose. Finally compis mentis and I am starting to snap to. Love the poem. We saw so many geese, heard so many geese this fall as we hiked the glorious golden trails. My card this year is not a solstice card but a New Years Card. Not sure of the significance of chickens but there you have it. Crows coming up next closely followed by snowy owl. Surfacing now! Champagne at the Lockards Saturday night!

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Sandy Brown Jensen

I am a retired writing instructor and faculty tech specialist from Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. I still teach and am also a photographer, poet, blogger and digital storyteller (short videos).