It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Chapter 10, Page 3, Book 12

Autumn Flight

Now the wild geese are going over,
Clanking their chains on the windless sky,
Over the cornfields, over the clover,
Shouting their wild exuberant cry:
"Come with us, come with us---come."

Silver and gray, the wild geese wings
Lift and spread in their miracle flight.
Music fills their haunting cry
As they speed against the encroaching night.

They shout a message as they go,
Deciphered for every beast and man.
Heed the season's farewell call
Take to cover while still you can.

They are calling,
And I, with no answer shaped in my mouth,
Stand where the painted leaves are falling,
Watching them disappear in the south.

Disappear from my sight and my hearing,
Going to who knows what far land,
Straight as an arrow, and not fearing
The journey ahead. .. .

Silver and gray, the wild geese wings
Beat in rhythm in miracle flight.
. . . A poignant music their clarion cry
As they speed against the encroaching night.

I lift my hand
Bidding them to stay their avid going
Across the wide and chartered track,
Calling to them, and yet well knowing
That only the spring will bring them back.

Wings in a wedge against the sky,
On and on I saw them fly;
Spellbound I stopped at the mystic sight . . .
Wild geese making their southern flight.

How can a mortal doubt God's plan?
Faith enough here for any man,
Watching the blue October sky,
Flame-touched leaves, wild geese on high.

Author Unknown

Lessons From Geese

 In the Spring, when you see geese heading North for the Summer or South in the Fall, flying along in V formation, you might be interested in knowing what scientists have discovered about why they fly that way. It has been learned that 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% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.

Basic Truth #1- People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.
Whenever 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 immediately in front.

Basic Truth #2- If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those who are heading in the same direction as we are.
 When the lead goose gets tired, he rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point.

Basic Truth #3- It pays to take turns doing hard jobs, with people or with flying geese.
These geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.

Basic Truth #4- We need to be careful what we say when we honk from behind.
Finally, when a goose gets sick, or is wounded by gunshot, and falls out, two geese fall out of formation and follow him down to help and protect him. They stay with him until he is either able to fly or until he is dead, and then they launch out on their own or with another formation until they catch up with their group.

Final Truth- If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other, protect one another and sometimes make new friends who seem to be going in our direction.

Author Unknown

We will reap the benefits if we will do as the geese do. Support one another. 


jack69 said...

What a great truth wrapped and tied with a bow. I have to say again, Unknown is very good at what he/she does.

I only saw one Huge migration scene and I had to stop the car, get out and stand in awe. We were driving in Southern Missouri, there were Millions of geese.

betty said...

I think we could learn a lot from geese! We don't see as many geese here migrating as we did when we lived in Montana, but that was always a sight to see!

Have a good Wednesday Ma!


Kath said...

Thers a reason for everything Ma,thankyou for sharing this.Very interesting indeed.We learn every day.Have a great evening.Take Care God bless Kath xx

Chatty Crone said...

I like the way you put the thoughts together - they were good ones.

JeanJournal said...

I'm enjoying this fall weather...walking...raking...watching sunsets...and I like to see the birds flying as you have described, Ma. ~ Hugs ~Jean(Rome Georgia Girl living in Calhoun)