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The geese fly North (revised)

by nickb 

Posted: 22 February 2018
Word Count: 248
Summary: I think this is better, although not sure about the title now!

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Overhead, a ragged wishbone heads North
to Spring quarters.  Wings lever against fat bodies,
bird bone and feather crave the horizon.
On the downbeats they call to each other,
wheezing like holed bagpipes monotone as dark sky,
they fly over the hill’s edge,
disappear like a magician’s trick.
At the gate she watches them.
And now with a hiss of salt wind
on this stubborn, stillborn day
she is, for a moment, the most solitary person.
Standing alone, she strains to hear the voices
of all the people she has known,
the strands that joined them fade like breath.
She stops, decides on a walk to the village
to buy conversation at the shops.
The geese, she would say, are the slow hand of the year
a reminder of her own flock
that she loved to swaddle against the cold.
But they too flew North leaving time in their place.
On some days she opens all the windows,
cocks her head like a bird to listen.
News of their losses and victories seeps in
as she sleeps in the afternoons.
Sometimes she wakes and is twenty five again,
for a few seconds at least,
her goslings around her feet.
As Autumn comes she scans the hilltop,
longs for rain and sleet and the
shortening days that unknot her heart.
When they come, they take apart
the long summer piece by piece,
filling the air with noise.
Their return turns back a lifetime
as if it was yesterday.

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