A Family, Geese


A family, geese go up a hill.
He’s standing still,
Always watchful,
Very Careful.

A family, geese go up a hill.
Mom eats her fill.
Babies eat too.
How fast they grew!

The verdant grass provides the meal.
This spot ideal
To feed the young,
Where seeds are flung.

Author Notes:

I spotted this family of geese at a nearby pond in Woodbury, Minnesota. The grass was recently cut and very lush. They walked up a hillside from the pond eating the scattered seeds. Two weeks ago there were only eggs, now they are fluffy puffballs growing rapidly. Had to take this picture.

In this poem, i used the word -family- as two syllables (the way Americans pronounce it verbally “fam lee”), rather than as three syllables.

This poem is a Minute Poem.
The Minute Poem is a poem that follows the “8,4,4,4” syllable count structure. It usually has 3 stanzas that are exactly the same.

So: 8,4,4,4; 8,4,4,4; 8,4,4,4 syllables.i

A traditional Minute Poem has 12 lines total. It has 60 syllables (thus the Minute). It is written in a strict iambic meter. The rhyme scheme is as follows:

aabb, ccdd, eeff.

I modified this format in the first stanza by making the last two lines trochee instead of iambic.

This photograph was taken by the author on May, 24, 2015 at a local Dairy Queen that has a pond nearby.

Synergy of Poetry and Verse. Author, Poet, Photographer

%d bloggers like this: