My grandson and I were on a trek at Sope Creek, located a few miles north of Atlanta, when we ran into these Canadian geese and a dog that thought he could catch them. These wise old Canadian geese seemed to know exactly how crazy they were making this poor little dog. James and I had a lot of fun watching this scene play out.

James and I were roaming on the fourteenth of May

We went to Paper Mill where it’s cool green shade

We climbed up the hills and down the dales

Till we came to Sope Creek at the end of the trail

We stepped out on the cool sprayed rocks

Would have gone further but our way was blocked

By water that bubbled twisted and turned

Around boulders, shallows and smooth gray stone

So we looked to the other side of the creek

Saw a boy and his dog all cool and sleek

About that time we saw two wild geese

They landed on the water to stop and feed

That dog jumped in and swam so fast

He pulled his leash away with a splash

The boy called to the dog but he paid no heed

Just swam faster right after those geese

In his haste for the leash the boy fell in

He was wet as water plum up to his chin

Now these geese were wise and full of fun

They played that dog like an ace in one

They let that dog get right on their tail

Then off those Canadian geese would sail

And land again right in his face

They ran that poor little dog a race

Well the boy kept yelling and falling in the creek

Till he finely was close enough to grab the leash

I would swear those wise old Canadian geese

Had more fun that day than they’d had in a week

James and I laughed from the sides of our faces

But thought we’d better save it for another day

The dog looked shamed to be so beat

And the boy wasn’t happy hanging onto the leash

So we climbed on over the boulders and rocks

Passed trees and vines where chickadees flocked

To the ancient ruins where Paper Mill stood

That mill ran for more than a hundred years

Some walls stand some have tumbled down

A haunted place on haunted ground

We ambled on back over hills and dales

Passing mountain laurel on wooded trails

We were just a bit tired from our all day trek

We thought it was time to head on back

James drove us home a pretty good deal

The best dang driver in these dog gone hills

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  • Darlene McFarlane on Sep 4, 2008

    I had fun reading this poem. It is written so well it was almost like being there with you.

  • PR Mace on Sep 4, 2008

    Well written poem with much humor. I loved it!

  • R J Evans on Sep 4, 2008

    Lovely! So wonderfully done!

  • Unofre Pili on Sep 4, 2008

    Wonderful and a talented work.

  • Dee Huff on Sep 4, 2008

    What a fun poem. I can see all that splashing water!

  • Judy Sheldon on Sep 4, 2008

    Animals play too. What fun to watch. Thanks for sharing with us.

  • Angrified on Sep 4, 2008

    Very good and nicely done.

  • B Nelson on Sep 4, 2008

    Some people consider them as pests but I actually think they are quite lovely birds, and as you said, they are clever.

  • Mark Gordon Brown on Sep 4, 2008

    That was a good goose poem by Ruby Hawk… noted for the bird reference.

  • jo oliver on Sep 4, 2008

    What a darling poem.

  • nobert soloria bermosa on Sep 5, 2008

    a truly enjoyable read, thanks Ruby

  • Glynis Smy on Sep 5, 2008

    What a treasure of a poem! The memories all gathered up and shown to the world, what a fun day you had and I felt that reading your work, lovely

  • Anne Lyken-Garner on Sep 5, 2008

    This sounded like loads of fun, so beautifully expressed too.

  • Christine Ramsay on Sep 5, 2008

    A lovely and funny poem. Well done. Thank you for your comments on my poetry. Perhaps you would like to read more. I have added you to my friends

  • Rookie Expert on Sep 5, 2008

    The way you wrote it, i could almost picture it happening in front of my eyes. very well written indeed. Wish you had a video of the entire scene to share too, it must have been hilarious

  • Ruby Hawk on Sep 5, 2008

    Many, many thanks to all you wonderful friends. I must admit I enjoyed writing this poem. Everytime I read it the scene replays before my inner eyes and I can enjoy it again and again.

  • Josey on Sep 6, 2008

    I agree. This is darling.

  • Alexa on Sep 6, 2008

    wow :) that was great!

  • Harold on Sep 8, 2008

    This one gave me a fun trip to the creek. Thanks for taking me along with you and James.

  • Angrified on Sep 12, 2008

    I read this before but I had to come back to it. I enjoy reading it. :)

  • Tulan on Jan 29, 2011

    Ruby, you paint a beautiful picture here. I can see those geese teasing that little dog along.

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