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A Long Line -- poem

Story ID:6495
Written by:Richard Laurent. Provencher (bio, contact, other stories)
Organization:Retired
Story type:Poem
Location:Truro, Nova Scotia B2N 2B2 Canada
Year:2010
Person:Richard L. Provencher
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A Long Line -- poem

A Long Line

of geese stampede through November
clouds, arising from an early
Alberta morning

their V-formations a Royal wedding
scudding south, leaving
memories of green pastures, salient
lakes and a
wilderness of plenty.

An ancient path leads across borders,
states and hidden sloughs
where a fury of sound awaits, hunters
in suits of deceit
planning new rules of engagement.

Within the confusion, tired wings
flee rest, losing leaders
in quick succession
and soon, too many vagabond
warriors lay face to face in stillness.

And somewhere beyond the voice
of shotgun thunder, goblets of
exclamation begin toasting someone’s
misplaced manhood.

© Richard L. Provencher

Originally published 2008
Creekwalker – Carlsbad CA