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Elizabeth Santos
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0 posted 02-28-2000 03:02 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

To Greener Grasses

There was a goose who thought he’d try
To choose a brand new route to fly
For he was young and at his best
And well beyond a feathered nest

In thralls of autumn’s blustery days
They gathered in a morning haze
The flock rose up with feathery grace
To find their winter feeding place

They navigated ‘cross the sky
In view of Mother Nature’s eye
In a symmetric graceful show
They left behind impending snow

But this one goose had other schemes
In thoughts of glory and of dreams
He’d leave the flock of feathered friends
And head toward the rainbow’s end

He joined their southward flight at first
A plan that he had well rehearsed
Then following his secret quest
He veered away and headed west

With dreams and visions in his head
Toward new horizons he was lead
Imagining that he would be
The very first to wander free

For every year they headed south
But he had heard by word of mouth
That there were rainbows to be found
And so his wing was westward bound

Then swirling through his little mind
Were all the riches he would find
New ponds, new grassy feeding places
Flocks of geese with friendly faces

These glorious visions didn’t cease
That he would be the king of geese
And everyone would gather round
To honor this new friend they found

But days grew colder and he found
There was no better feeding ground
And there were geese and ponds and such
But he didn’t like them very much

He shivered on the frozen ground
And not a single friend he found
The other geese didn’t mind the weather
For they were of a different feather

He quickly put his pride aside
Gathered strength from deep inside
Without a honking from his mouth
He packed his bags and headed south

Sometimes we fail to recognize
The wealth that’s right before our eyes
Perhaps this tale you’ll put to use
The senseless wanderings of a goose

Elizabeth Santos


[This message has been edited by Elizabeth Santos (edited 02-28-2000).]
© Copyright 2000 Elizabeth Santos - All Rights Reserved
Severn
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1 posted 02-28-2000 03:24 AM       View Profile for Severn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Severn

Wow Lizzy. WOW.

This is a poem to make one think - hey, you're just too good at that!

Hugs - hope you're feeling well today.

K

 'Writing sharpens life;
life enriches writing'
Sylvia Plath
JamesMichael
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2 posted 02-28-2000 03:53 AM       View Profile for JamesMichael   Email JamesMichael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JamesMichael

And the point you are making would be that we have all been that silly goose at one time or another in our lives.  I feel kind of silly at this very moment.   James
First__Knight
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3 posted 02-28-2000 04:41 AM       View Profile for First__Knight   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for First__Knight

Is this the old saying that the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence?....Cause that is because the grass is planted on the septic tank    This is really really good Liz....I like it.

 There are two kinds of pedestrians...the quick and the dead. Drive it like you stole it.

paulsm
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4 posted 02-28-2000 04:46 AM       View Profile for paulsm   Email paulsm   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for paulsm

I liked the feeling, and the story line    

Paulsm
Elizabeth Santos
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5 posted 02-28-2000 07:23 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

The whole point of this, james, is when you wake up in the middle of the night and don't have anything to do, write a silly goose story
Thank you for your responses, everyone
And yes, James I also was a silly goose
Liz

[This message has been edited by Elizabeth Santos (edited 02-28-2000).]
Seymour Tabin
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6 posted 02-28-2000 09:16 AM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Elizabeth,
Magnificent story poem. Love Sy
hoot_owl_rn
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7 posted 02-28-2000 09:44 AM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

Such wise advice masked in the disguise of a wonderful poem  
Dennis L. White
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8 posted 02-28-2000 09:54 AM       View Profile for Dennis L. White   Email Dennis L. White   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dennis L. White

What a wonderful flight of fancy, tempered by harsh reality, thank God for second chances.
I loved this work!!  Dennis :^)

 Poetry is the expression of thoughts which awake the higher and nobler emotions, or their opposites, with words arranged to some accepted convention.........or maybe not! Dennis :^)
Michael
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9 posted 02-28-2000 10:07 AM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

Greener grasses, heck, I'm stuck in a sticker bush...I'd settle for some nice comfortable weeds right about now...LOL
Seriously - this is a wonderful little tale and the message is heard loud and clear on this end.  Good poem.


Michael
Martie
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10 posted 02-28-2000 10:21 AM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

This is just wonderful Liz!
wave
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11 posted 02-28-2000 01:21 PM       View Profile for wave   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for wave




The Goose, A Variation


This one touched my heart too much
The tale of the lonely goose of such
farfetched dreams of furthest stretch
straying away towards the west in haste
and leaving behind his boyhood bunch

What went on in the brain of a bird
to make him doubt his mother’s word
and think he was of a different breed
and to fill his heart with lustful greed
for the spoils of a land of a different herd ?

But he did choose
To the west to cruise

So…

The goose turned loose
the wings of a king
to lift him aloft
in a swift rising

He hoped his flight
would find its way
by the star of night
and the bright of day

But the sky of day had darkened black
by charcoal clouds in thickened stacks
and the night star light was brute attacked
by a lightning strike and a thunder crack
A tempest blew in his face
And our lonely goose lost his track

But by the will of the One
of boundless grace
the storm died down
and for the clouds,
No trace

Again there was light

And as he flew
all he would see
was the blue of the sky
and the blue of the sea

But he had found his way…
The goose felt wings
themselves to beat
Not to the South
but duly East


Captain

Elizabeth Santos
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12 posted 02-28-2000 02:20 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

I really enjoyed all of your replies. And wave, I think you have described the youth of this wandering goose. Yeh, I remember that storm very well, but luckily I survived. Thanks for the poem
Liz
RufffRyder
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<------Over There------>


13 posted 02-28-2000 02:36 PM       View Profile for RufffRyder   Email RufffRyder   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RufffRyder's Home Page   View IP for RufffRyder

You sure have a nice way with word`s  
I too have been this goose that you`ve written about here.
Thank you again Elizabeth for another wonderful read


Meadowmuse
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14 posted 02-28-2000 02:41 PM       View Profile for Meadowmuse   Email Meadowmuse   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Meadowmuse's Home Page   View IP for Meadowmuse

A wise and graceful message, Liz...beautifully written.

Claire

Also to Wave...lovely poetic expression.
~ Claire
Paul Hoekman
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15 posted 02-29-2000 03:33 PM       View Profile for Paul Hoekman   Email Paul Hoekman   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Paul Hoekman's Home Page   View IP for Paul Hoekman

AS ALWAYS!
YOU ARE THE BEST
and always,always,always............
am honored to read your work.
suthern
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16 posted 02-29-2000 03:40 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

This is superb, Elizabeth! I'd hate to wish sleepless nights on anyone... but if this is the result, you're making it tempting! LOL

And wave, I like your poetic response!
Elizabeth Santos
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17 posted 02-29-2000 04:58 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Paul, I am humbled, and to all, thank you for your nice comments. I almost didn't post this because I thought it was too silly, but not sillier than the shoo fly pie verse.
Thanks
Liz
Balladeer
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18 posted 02-29-2000 10:03 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Silly? Could be...and brilliantly done. I love it! Those silly geese are still headed south. We call them tourists!  
HelmutB
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19 posted 02-29-2000 10:09 PM       View Profile for HelmutB   Email HelmutB   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit HelmutB's Home Page   View IP for HelmutB

Liz what a poem you've created
Such beautiful message wrapped in your words
Love it

 The ability to describe life with words is similar to painting a picture; both can be powerful tools.

John Yaws
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20 posted 02-29-2000 10:26 PM       View Profile for John Yaws   Email John Yaws   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit John Yaws's Home Page   View IP for John Yaws

Ah, milady. I doff my hat in your honor. What a wonderful depiction of my life.

and like this goose upon his quest-
A youthful "I" once headed West...
To wander the southwestern plain
And were I young I'd go again.
To search for fabled rainbow's end,
To find, as yet, unthought of friends.
for geese like me, that is the "biz"
A toast to talent...My dear Liz.
Elizabeth Santos
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21 posted 02-29-2000 11:24 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Balladeer and Helmut, two gentleman poets who throw such sweet bouquets. Thank you

Gunslinger, from one goose to another, my thanks for a wonderful response. Loved it!
Liz
ESP
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22 posted 04-28-2000 07:50 AM       View Profile for ESP   Email ESP   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for ESP

Lol....to think what wisdom we can find in the story of a discontented goose!! This is a terrific poem story to be sure!

Love and hugs,
Lizzie


 "Poetry is the true expression of my soul, it is my ultimate means of communication. It is my rainbow of delight."
passing shadows
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23 posted 06-06-2004 06:53 PM       View Profile for passing shadows   Email passing shadows   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for passing shadows

oh this is adorable!
 
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