Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Image prompt: trumpeter swans

For fun, and because they deserve to be celebrated... I have hugely enjoyed hearing their cheerful honks every day for the past couple of weeks. Whoever thought the sky would fill with trumpeter swans? If the swans inspire you to write something, please use the comments section to share your creation! Everything is welcome: silly or wonderful, descriptive or abstract.


Poetikat said...

Overheard at the back of the formation:

"I sure hope that blowhard up front knows where he's going!"


RachelW said...

Mischievous young swans
Question you my leadership?
Let's see you up front!

christopher said...

Well okay, I will!
You go to the back and take
the free ride, booby.*

*the v formation has as one of its values that the one in front does full work and the others ride the slip stream, which lightens the energy load a little. It is said the weakest fliers are near the back of the formation.

RachelW said...

Oh, my swanly love!
How my strength is fading now;
May I ride slip-stream?

Karen said...

It's also said that when one fatigues, he or she drops back and lets another pull toward the front of the formation. Friendship, community, caring.

Fat Arse said...

Trumpet me
I will trumpet you
Alone we are but
a bird or two
But together,
if we trumpet,
we can be a symphony...

Rikkij said...

Rach-so glad you've gotten to enjoy them. I've known them in the past. A nice harbinger of spring in the north. ~rick

Woman in a Window said...

uh-em (clearing throat)
dear trumpeter swans
git yer arses my way,
won't ya?

Cherie/ Butterfly Dreamer said...

Those are great photos. I love that they fly in a pattern.

ConverseMomma said...

My daughter saw a flock of birds in the sky the other day. She pointed up and said, Happy. Just a simple word and then we were.

Aniket said...

Okay am a bit late to the party...

Up and above
Realizing their dreams
Trumpeter swans flew

RachelW said...

Aniket, it's never too late! :) This party just keeps going and going... ;)

Kelly, that's it! Captured beautifully in a word. I love the perceptiveness of children.

Cherie, thanks! I keep hoping I'll have the camera with me when a flock goes right over my head, low and close... I've been buzzed by swans no more than 20 feet over me, but somehow the photo shoot hasn't worked out yet. Actually, I should probably take my camera with me everywhere.

Erin, haha! I'd love to send them your way, to spread the cheer.

Rick, thanks. Yes, they are, and somehow I've never seen quite so many as this year's crowd. Maybe more are coming into town. And we saw our first robin yesterday evening!

Fat Arse, yes a symphony of swans :)

Karen, aren't they wonderful?

Catvibe said...

"Are we there yet?"

"No, keep flying son, we have several thousand miles to go."

"But all day we flap and flap and flap and never seem to get anywhere. It's exhausting. Why do we do this?"

"It is how it has always been, and how it will always be, now fly young swan, you can do it, yes you can, you are strong and you can fly all the way there."

And the following year, the young swan honked a smile as he found himself saying the very same thing to his young ones, making their first migration.