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Glen Sorestad


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Look at them standing there. Observe 
sheer puzzlement in their demeanours.

Two stand together, another pair close; 
farther away, a straggler wandering,

lost in soliloquy. They all inch along, 
tentative as octogenarians, carping, no doubt

concerning the pond’s unacceptable state,
the thick ice beneath their webbed feet.

It is March. The Canada Geese are back,
prepared to get on with their life work 

of nests, eggs, and goslings, who will, 
in turn, take their place here a future March.

The essential ingredient lacking from their 
home-making agenda — water. So they stand, 

muttering to one another, perhaps discussing 
alternative strategies, new nest locations.

They edge out across the ice, purposeless
as movie extras shown up on the wrong set.

From A Thief of Impeccable Taste (SandCrab Books, 2011).
Used with the author’s permission.

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Glen Sorestad is a Canadian poet, fiction writer, editor, publisher, anthologist, and public speaker. Author of over twenty books of poetry and many short stories, his work has appeared in more than sixty anthologies and textbooks. His latest book of poems is Hazards of Eden: Poems of the Southwest(Lamar University Press, 2015) Sorestad served from 2000-2004 as Saskatchewan’s first Poet Laureate and has given public readings of his poetry in every province of Canada, as well as in the U.S. and many parts of Europe. In November of 2010, Glen was inducted into the esteemed Order of Canada for his lifetime of outstanding literary achievement, dedication to his community, and service to his nation. Glen lives in Saskatoon; learn more about him here.

 


Post New Comment:
CamilleBalla:
Delightful poem! I will remember this poem next time I watch them muttering to one another--their "discussions".
Posted 03/22/2012 09:35 AM
Jo:
Love this poem,Glen.
Posted 03/19/2012 02:49 PM
ghctenmile@earthlink.net:
This is so nice. Thanks for it. ...perhaps discussing alternative strategies...
Posted 03/19/2012 02:39 PM
marenomitchell:
Deelightfull! I will look at geese now in a new way.
Posted 03/19/2012 11:47 AM
judithc:
Clear, fresh images of the return: straggler wandering lost in soliloquy, edging out on the ice. Well done! Judith C
Posted 03/19/2012 10:33 AM
Wilda Morris:
A wonderful poem! The geese around here do seem to be getting "on with their life work" - the ice is gone. You describe the geese so well!
Posted 03/19/2012 09:39 AM
KevinArnold:
Couplets were the correct structure for this fine poem.
Posted 03/19/2012 09:15 AM
dotief@comcast.net:
Love it!
Posted 03/19/2012 08:36 AM
Sherry:
Wonderful imagery!!! When the geese fly over my house in southern Virginia, I quickly step out on the deck and call to them. Love those geese!
Posted 03/19/2012 08:19 AM
Buckner14:
I love the last couplet!
Posted 03/19/2012 07:55 AM
mimi:
you've captured the geese perfectly!
Posted 03/19/2012 07:52 AM


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