who can be heard
all round the block —
our alarm clock.
Geese on the RiverThe Geese are moving on the river. And stopping, too. The sure sign that spring is upon us. Or around us.
These are Canada Geese.
They're getting territorial, thinking of setting up house. They have long conversations about these things every morning. And the more that arrive, the more conversations they hold. Family planning by committee. Good grief!
Did I mention they make great alarm clocks? They are not quiet. Not even close.
Is There a Problem?These Canada Geese fly north and south across the Canada-U.S. border without passports. Without border checks. Without the permission of the Canadian Border Services Agency, the U.S. Department of Immigration and Naturalization, or Homeland Security. They break all the laws. They do not conform to the norms, the social conventions.
And, frankly, they don't care. They were here before the laws. They think the laws do not effect them.
And they are right (more or less).
We have laws to keep society organized. Thinks like deciding on which side of the road we will drive. Humans need these, so we don't kill each other — intentionally or accidentally. Or something just as bad.
Geese, and other birds, tend to take life in stride. They eat when they are hungry; they raise families when it seems appropriate. They move with the weather, so they've got something to eat wherever they are. They live on a much simpler basis
ConclusionWe Humans seem to spend a lot of our time doing fairly complex things. Like working at jobs. And going to school. Such things are appropriate for us, because we are more complex creatures than birds.
But if we sat and watched, and thought about what we are seeing, maybe we could live a simpler, bit more relaxed life.
Which would be good for us. Even with, and within, our social conventions.