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Under the Waxing Moon

The Moon is almost...

Sullen skies forewarn the frozen shroud.
 Gale November winds sway bare limbed
trees, whistling in chorus with arrows of
Geese straining to steer south.

The familiar sound of the revolving lead 
Goose never wavers, but for tonight.

 A strange howl emanates from the current
commander, abandoning the customary 
bugling, not elongated; like a hound dogs
lament, but crisp & short, a howl.

 Alarm bells ring in the memory recall of my
dna...built-in decipher mechanisms fail,
all of this happening in split-seconds.
What prompted this auditory change?
what does this alternate sound signal?

 As quick as I heard it this twilight fall
evening, the Geese passed, the course they
were set upon unknown, circumstances
they encountered, not of my world,
the only sure thing,

 is wonder.



Copyright © | Year Posted 2017

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Date: 7/26/2018 4:57:00 PM
You my friend, wax eloquent with this superbly crafted piece! Love it- every verses , every deep insight portrayed in poetic verse! A fav, a glistening gem!
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James Marshall Goff
Date: 7/26/2018 6:20:00 PM
Thank you, Robert!
Date: 3/29/2018 5:52:00 PM
Jim this is hauntingly beautiful!
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Date: 3/1/2018 12:54:00 PM
LOVE THIS! Such a mega-talent to draw a person out of reality surrounds into the air flying with majestic wings. That is where I was ....and then transfigured to the mind standing firm on cold logical ground. V for Victory, to be flying with those birds. Beautiful story.
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Date: 2/9/2018 7:07:00 PM
Yes, Sir James, an astute and close observer makes a worthy poet! The slightest change in the call of the leader, and the V formation always maintained, to benefit from physics of least resistance for others, taking turn at the pint of the V ... victory in the Creator. They sure teach us many things, but most of all, how awesome (the real AWESOME, noetic experiences) even when baby deer (fawns) survive on bark when days of sub-zero weather kill hardy cows! Shalom my Brother in the LORD. Thanx, A
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Date: 1/28/2018 1:32:00 PM
Beautiful piece
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Date: 1/28/2018 11:44:00 AM
This is a very interesting poem and pleasant to read James! I enjoyed this :)
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Date: 12/18/2017 5:29:00 AM
Great imager James... great lines in this wonderful write..
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James Marshall Goff
Date: 12/18/2017 7:51:00 AM
Thank you, Silent One!
Date: 12/13/2017 12:59:00 PM
wonderful Jim...I think there is a haiku hiding in here somewhere :) your contemplation of nature!
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Date: 12/14/2017 12:15:00 PM
I had fun writing this in 5 minutes, David, true story! thank you!
Date: 12/12/2017 7:37:00 PM
Such enchanting sentiments of a chilly autumn evening in Minnesota James. Splendid imagery of the wonders of nature. 'Arrows of geese' - lovely poetry my friend.. ~Susan
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Date: 12/14/2017 12:14:00 PM
Thanks Susan!
Date: 12/10/2017 12:31:00 PM
jimbo, mystical i should say...i was watching the full moon a few nights ago and your remarkable piece equals the beauty of its glow, notwithstanding the goose-imagery!..huggs
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Date: 12/10/2017 7:36:00 PM
Thank you Nette!
Date: 12/5/2017 6:59:00 AM
This is beautiful, James! I love the call of the wild geese; to me, it evokes something untamed and free and speaks to me. Thanks for capturing this moment in your poem. Fave.
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Date: 12/5/2017 7:37:00 AM
Thank you Agnes! agreed...Geese bugling & the haunting call of the Loon are two of many reasons I would live nowhere else in the world than Minnesota! (sheesh, but it did lay a blanket of snow down last nite! really beautiful outside! but a bit chilly I will say!)
Date: 12/2/2017 7:31:00 PM
Very beautiful poem, I was by the lake tonight and very much like this poem!
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James Marshall Goff
Date: 12/2/2017 9:02:00 PM
Thanks Arthur, am beginning to feel with passing time, my most enjoyable poems to write are of the magic of nature, thanks for your support!
Date: 12/2/2017 6:31:00 AM
A wonderful depiction--images of sights and sounds-- well written, James!
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James Marshall Goff
Date: 12/2/2017 8:39:00 AM
Thanks so much Vijay! quite perplexing! nature gets a bit wild at times here in Minnesota!