this family-friendly feature creature is the Canada Goose -- Branta Canadensis, but the subject is play, you silly goose.
family, another thing we have in common. these social birds are highly protective, have great fidelity and may mate for life. respect for the protective aspect is an important consideration for an encounter like this.
'The geese will fight their windy way
Across the bay and up the river
To this cove, and their voices
Will call the dreamer out of me
To rejoice with them.' ~ Charles Sullivan, "Nights Along the River"
word associations between goose and silly invite some contemplation of 'frolic' -- vrolyc (Middle Dutch) -- yes what the heck, who doesn't lyc to lek?
"The heart of a fool is in his mouth, but the mouth of the wise man is in his heart." ~ Benjamin Franklin
"Mingle a little folly with your wisdom; a little nonsense now and then is pleasant." ~ Horace
while the spirit embraces it, contemplate the word 'free' -- free love is a redundancy. if we only knew what love is, our freedom would really stand for something.
'Know nature's children all divide her care;
The fur that warms a monarch warm'd a bear.
While man exclaims, 'See all things for my use!'
"See man for mine!" replies a pamper'd goose.' ~ Alexander Pope "Essay on Man"
hey, wait a minute. you're not a goose. so everyone's a literary critic, as if all our geese were swans.
'The soul, O ganders, flies beyond the parks,
And far beyond the discords of the wind...' ~ Wallace Stevens, "invective against swans"
back to the safety of the family unit
'Let others probe the mystery if they can.
Time-harried prisoners of Shall and Will --
The right thing happens to the happy man.' ~ Theodore Roethke, "Sequence, Sometimes Metaphysical"
"If you feel the urge, don't be afraid to go on a wild goose chase. What do you think wild geese are for anyway?" ~ Will Rogers
'A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.' ~ Roald Dahl
Just a short story; the end. Yet "the goose that played the golden day" has more than one lesson.
'Ye blessed Creatures, I have heard the call
Ye to each other make; I see
The heavens laugh with you in your jubilee;
My heart is at your festival,
My head hath its coronal,
The fulness of your bliss, I feel--I feel it all.' ~ Wm Wordsworth, "Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood"
i'm told they mate for life -- that's goose hi fidelity.
'Nothing in the world is single,
All things by a law divine
In one spirit meet and mingle.' ~ Shelley, "Love's Philosophy"