Reflections Inspired by Geese

Carol A. Hand

Feeling physically fragile as I gently greet the morning
gazing up at the southwestern sky

V of geese

by another, larger V
trumpeting encouragement
for the one temporarily leading
breaking through wind resistance
creating uplift for all those that follow
so others can save their strength for their turn
to carry the difficult responsibility of guiding others

together in harmony
because sharing responsibility
lightens burdens in the journey of life unfolding


Geese at home even in the city


Sending my best wishes to all.



About Carol A. Hand

What matters are not the titles I’ve held or university degrees I earned or the size of a house or bank account. It’s really what I’ve learned from ordinary people like me whom I’ve met along the way. They taught me to live with gratitude and give thanks for each new day.
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38 Responses to Reflections Inspired by Geese

  1. Very inspirational first thing in the morning. Thank you!

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  2. kethuprofumo says:

    Wonderful reflections, dear Carol! Wish you great last days of this summer! 🙂

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  3. G says:

    Geese are Elders.
    Well penned, Carol.

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  4. Lovely poem and reflections… wonderfully expressed, Carol. ❤

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  5. thejuicenut says:

    Lovely words 😊 We had an encounter with ducks recently (I wrote about them in Ducks Crossing), they literally made us stop, be still and take notice. Love it when Nature reveals itself unexpectedly. Have a relaxing weekend, Carol 💜

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  6. Encouraging words of sharing the load for each other Carol. Definitively needed in our world today 🙏🏻

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  7. sojourner says:

    Take care of yourself, Carol! I know what feeling fragile means.

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  8. 🙂 Beautiful and encouraging…

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  9. A poignant post. Definitely needed after a challenging week. Thank you, dear Carol. 💕

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  10. Beautiful dear Carol! 🙂 ❤

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  11. Bernadette says:

    Thank you for your blessing and sending my own back to you. We grandmothers need to keep the faith and spread the love.

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  12. I adore the way seeing geese in the sky makes me feel, and I felt something of that in your poem Carol, I love the rhythm of it and the shape of it.

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    • Thank you for sharing the lovely feelings and images geese inspire, Andrea. I love to watch as listen as they begin to prepare for the long journey ahead. They are powerful teachers. It seems early this year, though, and it makes me wonder what they sense.

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  13. steelcityman says:

    Love your writing Carol…you are inspirational, Thank you for sharing and my best wishes to you, may you fragility not last too long … xxx

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  14. lovely, just lovely
    best to you Carol

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  15. A lovely poem Carol with an insightful message. Thanks for sharing.

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  16. Tiny says:

    Beautiful reflections, Carol ❤

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  17. usfman says:

    If only humans could work together like such geese.

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    • Such important observations, USF Man. Geese are wise teachers. I’ve been heartened to see how these lessons have been echoed by many of the people who have stepped forward to help others during the floods of south Texas.


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