Early Morning Flight


Noisy honking announces their nearness

A crew of morning geese arrive.

In an imperfect V formation

All experts in flying.


Sculling along

Their wings pushing against the air

With strokes silent and synchronized

Propelling them forward.


Each bird like an oarsman

Engaged together in a race to get to their destination

With one lone goose a short distance to the right

Like a coach in charge of the team

Encouraging them on.


Copyright © 2015 by Susan Corrine Beckmann



About the author:  

Susan Beckmann lives in Surprise, Arizona with her husband Ted and their two red, long-haired dachshund brothers named Hans and Fritz.  Susan is also the author of an unpublished short story called Manassas Ridge, which is richly influenced by the beauty of Canada Geese.