>waiting for a reply


These birds of the feather flocking together — are they patient while they wait for what they want?
Do they want? I ask my father after he emails this photo, taken from the frozen Missouri River.
My father speculates: Yes, they do want. They want a ride home.
Do they know what home feels like? I write back.
Photo by William O’Keefe

About redmitten

author of Cracking Geodes Open, Making Good Use of August, and The Peppermint Bottle. poetry editor for IthacaLit. website: https://toomuchaugust.wordpress.com

7 responses to “>waiting for a reply

  1. >i really look forward to your blog becoming a book someday!

  2. >sherry, check out my blog (http://marymacgowan.blogspot.com) – i've started a hankie prayer flag project that i think you might like. so far just a few posts….mary

  3. >they are beautiful…what type are they? I only see Canada geese here. Where's home?

  4. >I think all living creatures have a homing instinct, however obscured by all-consuming constructed barriers.

  5. >white on white for as far as the eye can see, with a dab or two of orange thrown in……a study in frozen lovelinessi was at the shores of the mighty missouri just this summer, but oh what a difference 6 months makes 😉

  6. >I think they know what home feels like. The question is, do they feel at home wherever they are, or do they always long for some other place, the something that drives them to migrate? I love the photograph.

  7. >mary- i'm off to check out your blog!rox- uh…i think they are of the duck duck goose variety…kass- i love being reminded that we all have homing instincts. yes.amanda- oh! we might have almost run into each other! i grew up along the waterfalls on the missouri. next time, let me know when you get this near.annie- great questions! you have the writerly mind.

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