lakeside geese –
my map takes off
in the wind
The 2018 Martin Lucas Haiku Award
Migratory birds navigate vast distances using the sun/stars/Earth’s magnetic field/landscape/or maybe even their sense of smell (scientists are still working on it). The gentle humour in this haiku makes it very appealing – the geese sitting or dabbling at the lakeside while the map takes off with ungainly flaps, rising with the wind, heading away on an uncharted, unplanned course. Without a map s/he may not be able to traverse the landscape these birds find so utterly natural to cross. Glad to see someone is still using paper maps!