Walking. With a sound we do not hear that lifts the birds off the water.

I know it’s them. It has to be them. They’re back. The geese that I followed last year.  The Female that nested on the dock. The Male the hovered nearby offering ongoing protection.

I scan through old posts to find that it’s been almost one year to the day, April 11, 2021: “Nest. Where you make it.”

I pull into the park, my eyes hungrily seek them again. It’s been a week now since I’ve spotted them. There’s no nest on the platform. But they swim, quietly, alone, together.  Waiting, I would guess, for the Moment.

Their Moment. Bigger than the madness in Ukraine. Or the toxicity of Washington. Or the gang shootings in Sacramento.

And it’s Ilya Kaminsky from “That Map of Bone and Opened Valves” that seemed to capture how I felt as I stared down at them:

It’s the air.
Something in the air wants us too much.
The earth is still…
On the fourth day I touch the walls,
feel the pulse of the house and I
stare up wordless and do not know why I am alive…
a sound we do not hear
lifts the birds off the water.



  1. You have captured your yearning to reconnect with these beautiful creatures so beautifully, pal…❤️


  2. the happy couple are doing their pre-birth walk of the maternity ward. so glad you are back to see them in this miracle of life

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  3. There is a whisper intended for only their ears…a message from Mother Nature…and enough of a hint of something that invites you to look

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  4. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Awesome!! … “It has to be them. They’re back.” – Photo: DK @ Daybreak. 5:40 am, April 7, 2022. 45° F. Cove Island Park, Stamford, CT.

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  5. Like you, they must like it there.

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  6. Nature’s cycle is so assuring in a world where humanity is in such chaos. Thanks for posting this 🙏

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  7. oh yes! We saw just today ONE swan of the couple who had 3 eggs last year. Wondered if the mother was already building up a nest?!

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