Exemplar - Poem by Gerard Geiger

A pile of dark gray plumes,
matted with a
dusty white
feathered lining,
melding into the leaves
under a cyclone fence.

A bottom fork, where
the wire mesh is connected,
imbedded in the trace of neck
which fatally imprisoned
the search and rescue effort
of the parent goose.

In front of the stranded
head lies the tufted remains
from the thinly feathered
gray backed fuzz of
the adolescent
gosling which strayed
under the fenced enclosure,

prompting its mother
to place all in harms way
to save her most
precious charge...her reason
for life...her
conscious commitment

to unfettered selflessness
and love...her unwavering
dedication to protect and
preserve, guide, direct, console
and comfort her triumph of
creation and nurturing...
her love...her child...her life...

without which, she knew, there is nothing.

Copyright November 2003 Gerard A Geiger

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