Mark O’Flynn

Twenty Geese

Straight from the textbook
that formation of twenty geese
takes thirty seconds to glide
overhead towards the specific compass
point imprinted in the sky.
Even their honking is preordained.
We follow their last echoes towards home
the way Vikings followed a hungry raven
on a starless night.
The weft and dew of the grass
through which we trudge
along our own well-worn towpath,
our formations also trailing
the predictable pattern.
Old story book formula.
The same middle.
The same end.

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