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a widening ripple

of geese wing it

back north

there is a power

that draws them there

a linkage that guides them

along the flyway

in V formation

blown off course

they find their way back

as for us, there are times

we fail to see

the goals we work toward

are not simply chosen

deep within ourselves

but are resolved in dialogue

between the people we are

and the winds of consequence

plans which falter

do not fail, but change

the wise-hearted

adapt and go forth

fact to face

like these wild geese

unjarred from their aim

they could hearten the world