Today as I was fixing breakfast, I stared absently into the large open field behind the house. Living on the edge of a metropolitan area, the field is a haven to all sorts of birds and small wildlife. I enjoy watching the hawks soar and the killdeer call. I love the mallards who indignantly waddle away from our pond when I come out and the owl who sits stoically on the edge of our chimney.
I’m not too fond of the coyote and fox that occasionally come through, but I think they are interesting to watch from afar. I’m also not too fond the the heron who decided to dine on all of my koi one evening. My least favorite of the wildlife who share this grassy pasture is the Canadian goose. I believe that it is a mutual dislike.
When the geese come past the garden, I try to chase them off. In return, they sometimes chase me. More often, however, they stay in the field and loudly complain that I have entered the yard. This morning, as I lazily stared out the window, there was a flock of around twenty grazing in the field. I really didn’t pay much attention until one went on the warpath.
It is breeding season, so I know these geese are on edge. Without much warning (that I could observe) this one particular goose lowered his or her head, let out several loud honks, and charged the other geese with ferocity. Feathers flew. The field suddenly became chaotic. The killdeer fled. The rabbits ran. I imagine even the snakes took cover with all of the commotion. The air around the flock became a sea of feathers as one goose charged the next. It lasted only a few seconds, but I was stunned. The first thought that popped into my mind was…Duck, Duck, Goose.
I’m not sure why this idea popped into my mind except that in the game Duck, Duck, Goose, once you tap the “goose”, you run as fast as you can to take their spot. Goose mating made into a child’s game.
So here is your challenge: Write me an original poem or short, short story about a goose (Mother Goose doesn’t count!). Give them some personality. Perhaps make them resemble someone in society who has the qualities of a goose. You may be a fan of geese. That’s fine. Make your goose lovable. Have fun!
Send your submissions to Rachel@RachelKovacs.com by May 5th. Here is a good place to learn more about Canadian geese to start you off: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/canada_goose/lifehistory