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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Weary (05/03/12)

TITLE: Honk!
By Margaret Kearley
05/10/12


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The fleecy clouds, drift gently by
Scattered across the deep blue sky.
A day of summer at its best,
But with fatigue, I flop, to rest.

Pressures and toil of many days,
Roll forcefully like mighty waves.
Burdensome weights have taken toll,
Too great for one exhausted soul.

Too tired to think, too tired to pray
So simply I call out and say:
‘Lord, send me help, by strength divine,
Give me some token, some small sign:

Immediately the still, calm peace
Is shattered by a flock of geese.
Calling , they honk, and seem to say
‘Keep up the speed, keep on the way,’

In wonder, I view overhead
Their skill, as by one bird they’re led.
Supported by their sister, brother,
Their uplift strength’ning one another.

The first goose then with lessening speed
Drops back and straight away the lead
Is taken by another bird,
Without a single, spoken word.

In unison, their precise ‘V’
With clear-cut streamlined accuracy
Moves on with clear determination
To reach their defined destination.

Then, as they cross the blue blue sky
One sight brings tears into my eye:
A straggling bird, weary, hard-pressed
Drops right away from all the rest.

His isolation from the flock
Is seen and quickly, taking stock,
Two straightway drop to give support
They swoop to help, to aid, comfort.


Oh what created common sense,
Oh what a lesson to the dense!
God lovingly gives us each other
With grace to strengthen one another.

The pressure, toil of many days
Rolls back, I offer words of praise
To God: ‘Your love does never cease,
Thank you for lessons from the geese.’


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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/10/12
I love this because no matter how awful I feel the honking of geese will drag me from my sickbed and out to the yard. I get chills as I watch them, thinking they have a special message just for me. You captured that so beautifully.
Francy Judge05/11/12
Beautiful descriptions and word choice. I love the lesson learned--perfect for the topic.

Where I live, by the ocean, we don't appreciate the geese since they poop all over our fields and think they own the place, but they are one of God's amazing creations who know how to work together. Great job.
CD Swanson 05/11/12
Oh how I LOVED THIS! I too love watching Geese. They are such "family birds" watching out for each other.

The V formation fascinates me, and I love the "imprinting" from birth. They are precious and so smart.

This story depicted them perfectly. The tender moment when one "dropped" and the others offered comfort, made me get teary eyed.

A brillitant entry with a fresh approach to the subject.

Great job! Thanks. I will read this over and over, and print it out too!

God Bless~
Danielle King 05/12/12
I loved this very creative poem too. I don't see many geese, living in a busy city, but I love the way you captured the scene to deliver the message. Great title too!
Ellen Carr 05/13/12
A really lovely poem describing well one of the wonderful reminders to us that God has set amongst his creation. Well done!