I was out back with the hound today and noticed a crowd of Canada geese near my neighbors’ dock. One goose paddled close to shore, and was quickly chased away by another. Wondering what was causing the hullabaloo, I tiptoed through the woods for a closer look and found….goslings!

After a quick trip back to the house to grab my camera, I watched the new family for quite a while. They were charming, scurrying about while Papa Goose stood as a sentinel, and Mama Goose clipped the grass. And the other geese on the lake seemed as taken with watching goslings as I was.

I posted a few goose photos and wrote a few lines about them on Facebook–I didn’t plan to post a goose report on my blog. But then tonight I read Laura Salas’s Poetry Friday post–a skinny. I vaguely remembered the form (not sure if I’ve written one) and was inspired to write a quick draft in honor of our new neighborhood flock. And, of course, to have an excuse to share some gosling photos (I was a little too far away for crisp photos on a cloudy day, but they are still cute birthday photos.)

Goslings’ First Day

New parents follow their flock —
flock, their new parents follow.
–©Buffy Silverman

Be sure to visit Christie at Wondering and Wandering, where you’ll find more feathered inspiration and all of this week’s Poetry Friday posts.

11 thoughts on “Goslings!

  1. What fun! I love the playfulness of your skinny (so hard to write when I’ve tried them). We have geese that visit our pond regularly, but I haven’t spied any goslings yet.

  2. I saw your FB pics, and appreciate all that you share, Buffy. They are darling to see. I hope I’ll be seeing a few at the lake when I visit these next weeks. Love the skinny, “fluffball’!

  3. I love it! Nice job with the first and last lines, the hardest part of a skinny in my opinion. We have a pair of geese at our little pond but no goslings. Now I’m worried it’s too late. I am desperate for fluffballs.

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