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Geese on the Loose
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Richard Greene


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Crowds of geese
over the lake
this fall fresh afternoon,
flying helter-skelter
not in neat formation
but in ragged troupes
honking raucously—
like partygoers
blowing away the old year,
tooting in the new—
joyously free,
unbound by gravity,
nowhere they need to go
nothing they need to do.

© by Richard Greene.
Used with the author's permission.



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Richard Greene began writing poetry in the 8th grade, inspired by the opening lines of Longfellow's “Evangeline”—“This is the forest primeval. The murmuring pines and the hemlocks / Bearded in moss and in garments green, indistinct in the twilight"—which he was required to read in class. In college, after a classmate deemed Richard’s rhyming poem “trite,”  he stopped writing until, several years later, a class with Henry Rago, then editor of Poetry magazine, inspired him to resume his efforts. But poetry fell by the wayside for almost forty years as a busy career in international development consumed his life. As retirement approached, however, Richard’s dedication to poetry returned and he now shares a "poem of the week" with close to 200 readers, has self-published one book, Explorations (Antrim House Books), and is working on another. Learn more about Richard at www.greenepage.net.

 

 


Post New Comment:
Lori Levy:
Like the comparison to "partygoers"!
Posted 10/09/2015 09:57 PM
KevinArnold:
I'm so glad you skipped over the rhyming title. Nice poem.
Posted 10/09/2015 09:12 AM
cork:
The raucous honking is overwhelming!
Posted 10/09/2015 08:37 AM
paradea:
Joyous!!
Posted 10/09/2015 07:51 AM


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