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Do geese feel grief...?
by Ed Matlack

Monday, December 12, 2005
Rated "G" by the Author.
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His mate dead in the road,

He stays the course,

He does not leave her side,

Honking & flapping his wings,

Do geese feel remorse…?


Is it love they feel,

When one is taken away suddenly,

Do they in someway feel it and squeal,

Is their relationship a lifetime attachment,

Does their loss feel to them surreal…?


They may make a mess,

Sometimes I wish they would leave I must confess,

But if they have feelings such as these,

His pain he cannot relinquish,

That moment she did die in his head did freeze…

© ed ~ 12/12/05

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Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 12/13/2005
They say dogs laugh... I'm sure they do feel grief..
Nice poetry old chap..
Reviewed by Nordette Adams 12/13/2005
As Pea said, this is thought provoking, Ed. I think Jerry is right. Really good poem here. ~~Nordette
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 12/13/2005
Thought provoking piece Ed!!

Thanks for sharing!!

I think they do!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 12/13/2005
Creative and thought-provoking. I suppose most of us look at
tne so-called lower animals and ask ourselves questions
such as these. No way of knowing, have we? So admire
your sensitivity and closeness to nature. . .of which we
are all, after all, a part. Happy Holidays!! 'Pea' <3
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 12/13/2005
Oh, animals, etc., for the most part do grieve their dead. Elephant's are so pitiful when one of theirs dies. Is it sorry? Why the hell not, I don't presume that humans have a lock on that emotion.
Reviewed by Steve Patterson 12/13/2005
geet a life. or dire die
Reviewed by Dan Rains 12/12/2005
Excellent write.
Reviewed by Sage Sweetwater 12/12/2005
Geese feel grief through their ancient symbolism. The goose was kept sacred for Mars, the Roman god of war. In Celtic lore, the goose had military association. The wild goose was a masculine solar symbol in China, in Japan, a solar bird of autumn. The goose in Hinduism represents the perfect union, the balance of life. In Egypt, the Nile goose was the creator bird who laid the cosmic egg.
The goose is widely known for its fidelity and mates for life, pining away when its partner dies. Interesting, compassionate thought, Ed.

Reviewed by Kay P Devenish 12/12/2005
In my country we have an old saying when someone does something really dumb we call them 'silly as a goose' but I don't think that is truly appropriate for ... is it silly or rather noble to love one other faithfully loyally and painfully even after their death?I think they are the sort of love I dream to find one day.Yes,geese feel grief,no doubt about it,perhaps we should aspire to be more like them but then again,perhaps one must be silly to fall in love?Perhaps.
I love your poem.
Best wishes always Ed
silly kay.

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