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Beauty On The Wing

Updated on November 4, 2014
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By: Wayne Brown


Floating along the glassy water surface of the lake

Basking in your silence; a slow rest you take

Then a sound, a vibration, a movement to the eye

You and your comrades rise briskly up and fly



The vast wings unfurl like a flag in the wind

Beating the air in cyclic motion again and again

At first it looks impossible to rise into the air

But with the power of wings, soon you’re not there



Such a daunting figure you become taking up the flight

So much more than you are when on the lake you light

The shape of your body curves into a perfect aerodynamic

You’re attack upon the wind seems so calm and diplomatic



The full stroke of your wings is a beauty caught in stare

They light in two quick strokes so gracefully in the air

As you rise and gain a safer altitude, the wings relax the flurry

Then gentle move slowly back and forth not so much in hurry



Could God have created a more graceful movement in the sky?

Each precious feather with its function to carry you on high

To see your flocks soar from north to south is so compelling

To realize it’s all about the power of those precious wings



The human experience is one in this world not to be wasted

It is full of wonder, beauty and charm, there to be tasted

But if I had to choose another way; as a human should I cease

Then let me have some mighty wings to fly with the wild geese



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© 2010 Wayne Brown

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    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @Truckstop Sally...glad you found something to counter the other image for the night....everything has its place. WB

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      Truckstop Sally 

      7 years ago

      A beautiful hub! Magic in flight. Hollow bones, feathers, all the scientific reasons . . . really not needed. God's grace, beauty, and charm. Good night!

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @cosette...We do see some here in Texas on their trips south but they are few and far between. Occasionally, I see one or two that take up residence on a local lake. I admire their focus and determination just like the salmon struggling its way back up stream every year to spawn. We, as humans, can learn much from observing that focus and dedication to purpose. Thanks for the good words! WB

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      cosette 

      8 years ago

      in the Spring we see geese flying over and can hear them honking as they make their way to nearby lakes to get water before the long flight home. i admire them so much and i don't know, i feel lonely when i hear their cries, knowing what struggles they must endure to return to their ancestral home. thank you for this beautiful hub ;_;

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @writinginalaska...Thank you so much Leah! I was hoping that I could create some of the visual imagery of this magnificent creature in flight. Thanks for read and the good words! WB

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      writinginalaska 

      8 years ago from southeast Alaska

      a wonderfully visual piece Wayne. Thank you so much for sharing. Good write! L

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @akirchner...I like the snow geese as well. I find it interesting in watching both the snow geese and the Canadian geese how differently they take off. The snow geese run on top of the water for a ways before they finally lift off. The Canadians can get airborne and gear up in two or three strokes of the wings. For all their likeness there are differences. Thanks for the extra traffic Audrey...I appreciate it! WB

      @ralwus...Thanks for the good words Charlie. What do you call those birds..."Swamp Geese"? It is amazing how beautiful an egret can be in flight as compared to seeing them on the ground. Some birds were really built for the air. WB

      @miss_jkim...Thank you so much and thank you for taking the time to read it and comment. Please come by again soon! WB

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      miss_jkim 

      8 years ago

      Nice,

      A beautiful poem that gives my heart wings and my soul peace.

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      ralwus 

      8 years ago

      At certain times we do get them Audrey, on migration. Swans and everything, pretty cool stuff.

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Charlie - do you have herons at the swamp? We have some beauties out here in the wetlands right behind us and they are SO graceful while being prehistoric! I love it when the cows are out there grazing and they swoop in - usually 2-3 of them at a time....I've seen calves chasing them and it's too hilarious. The herons are surprisingly very tolerant - probably thinking 'I know where YOU'RE headed pal - have a little fun while ya can because I'll still be here...chuckle, chuckle'. I seriously need to get a life if I'm adding conversational lines to birds!

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      ralwus 

      8 years ago

      I really enjoyed this one WB. I just love to observe large birds in flight. I go down to our local huge swamp for that now and again. Lovely. yes.

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Great poem and wonderful song videos. We are currently having a problem with geese in Central Oregon and they are attempting to have hundreds euthanized. Sad, very sad. People are fighting it though I don't know what the solution is.

      I'm with Ken - my favorites are the snow geese - and the trumpeter swans. We get only a few through our wetlands in the wintertime but thousands of geese fly through. It is so beautiful against the snowy sky seeing them. Years ago, we were in La Connor, WA at just before sundown and saw literally thousands of snow geese and trumpeters all landing in the tulip fields (the folks of La Connor actually feed them during the winter and photographers come from all over the world to see them). It was the most breathtaking sight we have ever seen and we stood mesmerized watching them all circle in patterns for the longest time and then all do a perfect landing to settle for the night. I'll never forget it! Only wish I had it on video!

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @valeriebelew...they are amazing to watch and to consider the weight of the bird and the lifting ability of their wings is incredible. Thanks for the good words and the rating! WB

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      valeriebelew 

      8 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

      Some of the most beautiful and graceful of God's creatures. I was sitting out on my neighbor's dock last week on the lake where I live, watching some white geece take to the air. They fly so effortlessly, or so it seems. Great hub. Voted you up and beautiful. (:v

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @samiaali...Thank you. I appreciate the comment! WB

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      samiaali 

      8 years ago

      This is a beautiful poem Wayne Brown. Thank you for sharing it!

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @saddlerider1...Yes Ken, you certainly have much more opportunity to view these creatures in flight. You can tell that God created them to fly...just like airplanes, they are such awkward beasts of the ground then their beauty blossoms when they take to flight. WB

      @breakfastpop...God made these creatures to fly. They are at their worst on the ground I suppose because their real personality emerges! Watch where you step! LOL! WB

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      breakfastpop 

      8 years ago

      Geese have a bad reputation around New Jersey. They take over, make a mess and can be very nasty. Your view of them is more uplifting.

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      saddlerider1 

      8 years ago

      I have seen these magnificent birds. Our Canadian Geese and Snow Geese are a sight to behold as they fly in pattern form. Landing on the land with grace and ease, we have many here in our city, they walk around in parks, on roadways, virtually most places:0)

      I admire there grace and beauty, many a painting has been brushed of them in their coats of color. To fly beside them would be a wonderful experience. The only time I don't want to see them is when I'm on the golf course, it's a bummer when you have to move your ball off one of their droppings:0)

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      WLWC 

      8 years ago from Arkansas

      I certainly will! I've enjoyed all the hubs I've read of yours so far... WLWC

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @WLWC...Thank you for the read and the nice comments. They are so fascinating...such a work of art in the air. Stop in again soon! WB

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      WLWC 

      8 years ago from Arkansas

      Beautiful words and video! My husband likes to hunt geese, but more than anything, I think he simply enjoys watching their large, but graceful bodies lift from the water and darken the skies as they pass through the state. And I have to agree that observing their flight is an awesome sight to see. Thanks for sharing...

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