Monday, 12 January 2009


Yesterday - a stormy day the wind and rain gusting and swirling, the waves foamed up the estuary. The sight in the afternoon of hundreds of geese filling the sky, flying in ever changing groups was spectacular. Whenever I see those distinctive V formations as they move from feeding site to their roosts it gives me a lightness of heart.

Geese often appear in Japanese Haiku. Here are two. The first is by Basho (b1644) and the other is by Issa (1763-1827)

Friends part
forever - wild geese
lost in cloud

Geese, fresh greens
wait for you
in that field

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