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Flock of Geese
John Smith

                                                                                  in the flock of geese
                                                                      escher did not draw
                                                             each bird is a part
                                                    of the profile
                                       of a larger bird                    flock
                                that shifts shape                    of geese
                         as it unwinds
              along the horizon
       like a ribbon
a wedge driven
              into the setting sun
                       the last three birds
                                a series of periods
                                         trailing a sentence
                                                      an aerial ellipsis
                                                           something left unsaid
                                                                          to be continued
                                                                                in the blue print of a sky
                                                                                    far greater in design
                                                                                                 than ever even escher
                                                                                                                    had in mind

This poem first appeared in NJ Audubon.
Used here with the author's permision.


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A high school English teacher whoretiredin June 2010, John Smith loves kids and loves sharing poetry with them. His work has appeared in numerous literary magazines including The Literary Review, New York Quarterly, Paterson Literary Review, Edison Literary Review and Exit 13. John enjoyswriting, cooking, gardening, and keeping an eye on the birds. He thinks he may now have more friends on Facebook now than he does in the real world. Married, with three daughters, he lives in Frenchtown, New Jersey.

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It's one of those "gee, wish I would have thought of that" amazing poems; great work John, I loved it! Judy
Posted 10/13/2011 09:50 PM
A meditation--within the flight of geese. What an extraordinary poem.
Posted 10/13/2011 06:26 PM
You are certainly in touch with an understanding of nature, far beyond a mundane description. Thank you. A spiritual rendering of an instinctual flock's flight.
Posted 10/13/2011 05:27 PM
Nicely nicely done.
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Really, really cool. This poem is perfectly constructed.
Posted 10/13/2011 10:28 AM
this poem has lovely sounds and now that i can see the ending (thanks, marilyn) i understand the beginning
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Love it!
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Glen Sorestad:
"a wedge driven" -- perfectly positioned! Way to go, John.
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Marilyn L Taylor:
Jayne, an intrusive ad for a poetry publisher covers up the entire right side of this exceptional poem. Is there any way to re-post it so the whole thing is visible?
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John, I have lived in the Netherlands for many years and love Escher's work. This poem is wonderful, I am sure Escher would have been proud to read it and the layout is outstanding. I paint as well as write and I have done some "Escher" style work. Máire (Irish).
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