Autumn equinox


Autumn equinox.

The pink-footed geese return:


Anser brachyrhynchus

Borne on the Arctic wind,


Drawn south for winter

By the pall of the sun.


Our Icelandic guests

Yakking to and fro


In loose formation, flocking

From roosting site


To feeding fields, and back.

Tacking eastwards tonight,


Under the tattered canopy

Of pink-hued cloud,


In thin, ragged lines

Implying a murmuration,


A stippled etching,

Or pixelated soundwave


Rippling and reforming

Across a dusk sky


Too pure to photograph,

Too beautiful to be real,

Until they fade from view

Like the waning day.