that formation of twenty geese
takes thirty seconds to glide
overhead towards the specific compass
point imprinted in the sky.
Even their honking is preordained.
We follow their last echoes towards home
the way Vikings followed a hungry raven
on a starless night.
The weft and dew of the grass
through which we trudge
along our own well-worn towpath,
our formations also trailing
the predictable pattern.
Old story book formula.
The same middle.
The same end.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mark O’Flynn is an Australian writer. His third collection of poems What Can Be Proven was published by Interactive Press in 2007. His novel, Grassdogs, was published by Harper Collins in 2006. He has also published reviews, articles and short fiction in a wide range of journals and magazines. He lives in the Blue Mountains.
‘Twenty Geese’ was written while on a writing residency in Ireland.