SNOW GEESE IN AUTUMN

Snow geese in autumn, their white transience
across the fields of stubbled yellow corn:
below their wings, the sun’s first radiance

casts long shadows on earth’s impermanence.
Tonight the fields will fill with snow.  Skyborne
snow geese in autumn, their white transience

recalls the simplest life’s significance.
There are no angels here this chilling morn–
below their wings, the sun’s first radiance–

no gods, no demons, no omniscience–
only the white geese, black against the dawn.
Snow geese in autumn, their white transience,

their great migration one obedience
to one instinct.  Why this?  Shadows withdraw
below their wings, the sun’s first radiance.

Snow, shadows, death, or life’s ebullience–
questions, terrors, pain, beauty must be borne:
snow geese in autumn, their white transience,
below their wings, the sun’s first radiance.

 

In honor of the flock we saw a couple of days ago.

 

This entry was posted in Seasons.

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