Sunday, June 16, 2013

A Mother Goose story for Real Toads

Photo by Jenn Jilks

mother goose, so graceful,
reflected in the pond
with her remaining child reflected, too.
I wonder if she wonders
what happened to the others,
those eggs on which she sat
until they all had hatched,
the goslings that she fed
and taught
and caught 
when they'd stray
too far away 
from her watchful eye.
did she kiss them?
does she miss them?
does she even know
that they are gone?
or does mother goose’s instinct
care as much for one, as for a brood?
and,  if I could ask her,
would she hate that I had asked her?
would she think me too too terrible and rude?
Kay Davies,  June 16, 2013

With warmest thanks to my lovely blogging friend Jenn Jilks at Cottage Country Reflections, for the use of several of her wildlife photos, as well as a domestic photo of her four cats, for the Sunday mini-challenge at the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads.

Jenn is a warmhearted person who loves birds, animals, children, old people, the environment and her family, including a devoted husband who accompanies her on meandering drives through the countryside, stopping whenever she sees a photo opportunity, an injured animal, or a slow-moving turtle trying to make its way across the road.

Posted for my challenge, using Jenn’s photos, at the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads. (One of Jenn’s photos is of a teeny-tiny toad clinging to a fingertip. Amazing.)

Thanks also to Kerry at Real Toads, who patiently puts up with my confused approach to post-posting.


Kay L. Davies said...

Okay. Alright. It's a tree frog, not a real toad. But if it made you look, I'm happy.

Kerry O'Connor said...

Motherhood is never easy - no matter the species.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari Om
Hi Kay - this was a delightful ode to the strength and determination that is motherhood - as well as recognition that is is different for each and every one, no matter the species!

Have been dropping by but i'net has been playing silly bees with me and have had a horrible time trying to get things loaded so waiting 10 minutes to make comments was just beyond me. Know that I have been enjoying every post!! (other stuff not forgotten - I'll get there eventually!) HUGs,,, YAM xxx

Susan said...

Great way to raise the subject of lost children with this pic and your own beautiful images.

Grace said...

Love that picture actually, it was also my choice ~ I have seen those geese and goslings around here too ~ I think most of them just stay nearby and have their own babies ~

Helen said...

Oh ... Kay, this is bittersweet from the mommy goose perspective. Deep down I believe she is well aware of her losses, keeps swimming .. boldly and bravely.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Yes, I agree with Helen - she is aware - and bravely swims on. What's a poor mother to do?

Maggie Grace said...

Love the flow of your writing and all the questions you raise. I'm hoping they are nearby and just braver than the one sticking by her side. Lovely, poignant perspective of nature.

Susie Clevenger said...

Playing favorites...that seems to be either yes or no depending on who is asked. :) Perhaps this young one needed a little extra attention. Lovely write!

Gattina said...

Probably Mother goose is already thinking of the next load ! That's like with the cats, once they are grown up, mother chases them away. Only with humans it's different. Kids stay glued their forever home, lol !

Daryl said...

another winner .. i love the way you use words