All the geese we’ve seen

I have been reflecting on the amazingness of geese. Down by the river, I see them flying above me in their V shape. I looked them up and learned a few new facts about them as well. They honk at each other to make sure everyone’s okay and to notify each other when they need to switch out of the lead role in the V.

Geese are attuned to the experiences of others around them! It’s been determined that the heart rate of geese increases when they see their companion or family members in conflict with another goose.

I invite you to think about a time when you felt that you have had a goose person in your life, one who is looking out for you or who is tuned in to your experience. Or maybe you have been the goose looking out for other geese.

Write about that time when you were the goose looking out for others or when there was a goose person looking after you. You can write about it in the first or third or person. you can write about it as if you were an actual goose- why not? Or you can just be a human you in your writing.

If you can’t think of a time, imagine a time when you could have used a goose person to look out for you. If you wouldn’t want someone there to support you, write why. Maybe trust. Maybe it’s hard to ask for help. Maybe you need more social support. Write about it.

And when you see geese flying, notice them, remember them. Somehow, it seems we are not so different from geese, we just fly in different ways.

It can be hard to write about our vulnerable selves and about us needing other people, but we all do and in the continuing pandemic, we have had to be and continue to have to be creative to get the connection we need, to be sure we are connected to others.

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Take care,


Published by lizawolfffrancis

Liza Wolff-Francis is a poet and writer with an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College who is proud to have served two terms as a member of the Albuquerque Poet Laureate Program’s Selection Committee. She was co-director for the 2014 Austin International Poetry Festival and a member of the 2008 Albuquerque Poetry Slam Team. She has an ekphrastic poem posted in Austin’s Blanton Art Museum by El Anatsui’s sculpture “Seepage” and her work has most recently appeared in Steam Ticket, eMerge, Minute Magazine, Weaving the Terrain: 100 Word Southwestern Poems, Bearing the Mask: Southwestern Persona Poems, Poetic Routes, Poetry Pacific, Edge, and on various blogs. She has a chapbook out called Language of Crossing (2015, Swimming with Elephant Publications), which is a collection of poems about the Mexico- U.S. border. She loves breakfast food, popcorn and dark chocolate.

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