29
Dec
08

Geese

I was standing near a school- Our Lady of Lourdes.
Geese flew over.
Four maneuvering into a neat V-formation;
Two others lagging behind.
Geese are lovely at a distance.
I decided to help by shouting encouragements.
“Come on, you two.
Pick up the pace!
It’s a long trip back to Canada,
Don’t make it last till spring!
You know what a V looks like!”
A lady walked out of Joanne’s with a shoe-shopping bag.
“Shush,” she said.
“Those geese can’t understand you.”
“Because they’re far away?”
“Because they’re French-Canadian.
Anyway, how do you know they fly in a V?
Maybe French geese do something different.
I’d sure find out before I told them something wrong.”
I felt bad now.
I’d been trying to end a nice afternoon by doing a good turn.
Instead I had possibly misled and probably offended some neighbors to the North.
A good walk spoiled indeed.

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