By Gail Folkins

September 7, 2015


On a dirt road behind a Midwest farmhouse, John and I walk between last year's corn stalks and the soybeans to come. Although spring appeared in the form of a printed milestone on the calendar, the wind clips and scatters spoken words. Overhead, a pair of just-returned Canada geese honk and carry on, their long necks stretched toward a pond in the middle of the field. Their bodies turn bronze in dusk, but it's the blending of their voices that makes us curve our necks upward. The pair's separate tones are distinct yet sound close enough to call harmony. It's a major third interval, says John, a musician, and I stop to listen, wondering about the cadence of our voices, sometimes in sync and other times varying, a necessary dissonance. Following the field's just-plowed furrows, the two birds fly a half-step apart. John and I won't stay long in this place, restless and wandering on our own cross-country journeys, the resonance we share more important than the route. Its grip softer now, the wind quiets enough to make out bits of conversation. The geese finish each other's sentences all the way to their roost. We turn for home, ears straining toward the recognizable warmth of this well-rehearsed score, an imperfect duet of well-matched notes.


Photo "Rising" provided by Don McCullough, via Flickr.com creative commons license.

Comments (11) - Post a Comment
The music of this piece thrills me. I love the image of the geese honking in harmony and it's resonance with the human relationship they are flying over. Thank you!
Deborah Nedelman at 1:06pm EDT - September 7, 2015
Thank you, Deborah!
Gail Folkins at 1:46pm EDT - September 7, 2015
Nice flowing cadence and rhythm to sentences which mirror the musical metaphor.
Chris at 2:00pm EDT - September 7, 2015
Thank you, Chris --
Gail Folkins at 5:40pm EDT - September 7, 2015
I love the interconnectedness of your imagery and the fact that you allow us to make our own connections instead of making the parallels too overbearing. Nice job!
Colleen at 10:05am EDT - September 8, 2015
I appreciate your kind words, Colleen --
Gail Folkins at 7:28pm EDT - September 9, 2015
Strong and lovely imagery of the harmony and dissonance of relationship duets.
Iris Graville at 10:04pm EDT - September 9, 2015
Lovely imagery and cadence! One of the most moving Beautiful Things I've read.
Joanne Luongo at 7:48pm EDT - September 13, 2015
Thank you, Iris and Joanne.
Gail Folkins at 11:53pm EDT - September 13, 2015
Gail, What a beautiful and lyrical piece! The imagery and cadence reflect your truth.
Mayanne Wright at 1:11pm EDT - October 5, 2015
Thanks, Mayanne!
Gail Folkins at 7:42pm EDT - October 6, 2015

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