The Music and Poetry of Nature

“…. And then, as Charity rises to her knees to help us to more, she freezes, tilts her head, and makes a shushing motion with her free hand. ‘Oh, listen. Listen!’

A sound like a big crowd a good way off, excited and shouting, getting closer. We stand up and scan the empty sky. Suddenly there they are, a wavering V headed directly over the hilltop, quite low, beating southward down the central flyway and talking as they pass. We stay quiet suspending our human conversation until their garulity fades and their wavering lines are invisible in the sky.

They have passed over us like an eraser over a blackboard, wiping away whatever was there before they came.”

― Wallace Stegner, Crossing to Safety















Text Excerpt: From Wallace Stegner’s Crossing to Safety. To read the full novel, click here.

Photos: 1.) “Forming A V”; 2.) “Double V”; and 3.) “Catching Up” (geese flying over Heather Farm Park, Walnut Creek, California, ©Laurie Snyder, 2019; all rights reserved).


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