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

Rachel Swirsky

A Season With The Geese


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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