Snow Goose & Snow Geese



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Sense of a Goose

When you see geese flying along in "V" formation, you might consider what science has discovered as to why they fly that way:

As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in "V" formation, the whole flock adds at least 71 percent greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.

People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going more quickly and easily because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.

When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone, and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird in front.

If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those people who are headed the same way we are.

When the head goose gets tired, it rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point.

It is sensible to take turns doing demanding jobs, whether with people or with geese flying south. Geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.

What messages do we give when we honk from behind?

Finally ... and this is important ... when a goose gets sick or is wounded by gunshot, and falls out of formation, two other geese fall out with that goose and follow it down to lend help and protection.

They stay with the fallen goose until it is able to fly or until it dies, and only then do they launch out on their own, or with another formation to catch up with their group.

If we have the sense of a goose we will stand by each other like that.

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Snow Geese

By Mary Oliver

"Oh, to love what is lovely, and will not last!"

   This wonderful poem, "Snow Geese" by Mary Oliver  is a good example of "Awareness."


Beautiful video! On The Future of Aviation was written and performed by Jerry Goodman from the LP "On The Future of Aviation."
These are not snow geese.




Oh, to love what is lovely, and will not last!

What a task
to ask
of anything, or anyone,
yet it is ours,
and not by the century or the year, but by the hours.
One fall day I heard
above me, and above the sting of the wind, a sound
I did not know, and my look 
shot upward; it was
a flock of snow geese, winging it
faster than the ones we usually see,
and, being the 
color of snow, catching the sun
so they were, in part at least, golden.                                      I held my 
breath
as we do
sometimes
to 
stop time

when something wonderful
has touched us
as with a 
match,
which is 
lit, and bright,
but does not hurt
in the common way,
but delightfully,
as if delight
were the most serious thing
you ever felt.
The geese
flew on,
I have never seen them again.
Maybe I will, someday, somewhere.
Maybe I won't.
It doesn't matter.
What matters
is that, when I saw them,
I saw them
as through the veil, secretly, joyfully, clearly.

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"What matters is that, when I saw them, I saw them...

this is "Awareness!"


Impermanence a poem inspired by Mary Oliver's "Snow Geese."
Oh, to love what is lovely, and will not last!
Music by Deuter Album: Tibet



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