Abyss & Apex : Third Quarter 2007: A Season With The Geese

A Season With The Geese

Rachel Swirsky



Once when we
were young, we flew
to Europe with the geese.
Twined neck to neck
we sailed the Seine
chasing ripples and water bugs,
lost ourselves in Madrid
when sudden snow
veiled us, white on white,
nested in crumbling ramparts
overlooking Rome until
blossoms cracked
the frozen meadows,
reviving spring.

Our season ended
we flew home
clipped our wings
devoted ourselves
to grounded lives.
Now I watch
my window as geese
feather the moon
and long for
one more flight.




Rachel Swirsky is a Master’s of Fine Arts student at the Iowa Writers Workshop, where she studies fiction. Her poetry has appeared in Mothering Magazine, Abyss & Apex, and Sybil’s Garage, among other magazines. She blogs about feminist issues and writing at the Aqueduct Press blog Ambling Along the Aqueduct (http://aqueductpress.blogspot.com) and the popular feminist site Alas, a Blog (http://www.amptoons.com/blog/) Read more about her work at her website, http://www.rachelswirsky.com.



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