A day to walk in pleasant breeze. White clouds drifting in the blue sky alternately cover and allow the sun through.
I leave the sidewalk, walk across grass to the cedar bench overlooking the pond. The woods beyond is a haze of early
green leaves. Two fountain sprays create soothing waterfall sounds.
A pair of Canada geese rests on the water, accepting my seated presence. One is larger than the other,
I imagine they are husband and wife. I've been told these birds mate for life.
to catch a damselfly
five years gone...
The geese glide to the water's edge and leap onto the grass bank. One grazes, pulling a green
blade at a time. The larger bird climbs up the slope, stretches its long neck and stands rigid,
only eyes moving, on guard. A few minutes later, this one comes down to graze and the other climbs
up to post watch. As I leave, they continue to take turns.
he still smiles
in the framed photo