Geese gone wild

geese gone wild

When it rains, the geese take over the greenspace near the Providence River. There are usually at least a couple dozen of them – big fat waddlers, with beautiful light-and-dark markings. I took this photo yesterday morning:






Lots of good eatin’ there! But wild geese are tough. My sister and brother-in-law had some wild geese fly over their farm back in the 1970s, and shot a few, and Susan prepared one for Thanksgiving, and – well, we couldn’t even chew it. Wild geese get a lot of exercise.



And geese are rumored to be foul-tempered. I’m always a little timid when they’re standing in front of me on the sidewalk; I never know when I’m gonna get stampeded and squawked at. They’re smaller than me, individually, but they outnumber me. They could swarm me.



And then there are the poops. Kids, there is nothing in the world quite so vile-looking as a goose poop. It’s a big green slimy-looking thing about the size of a small cigar. And geese poop a lot. (My mother always used the expression “go like a goose.” Evidently she knew what she was talking about.)



But I like to watch them. The other day, I saw two of them pecking at one another, running around aimlessly in a circle and honking.



Get it? Wild goose chase.



Ha ha.


About Loren Williams
Gay, partnered, living in Providence, working at a local university. Loves: books, movies, TV. Comments and recriminations can be sent to

2 Responses to Geese gone wild

  1. starproms says:

    Yes they do poop a lot. I’ve seen it! They are very fascinating. Your photo is superb. It really gives me an idea of what your city is like from a distance. American cities seem so contained somehow. Our cities over here seem a lot more sprawling, almost joining on to one another. Isn’t that interesting.

    • I think our cities were more planned; also, they’re newer and have had less of a chance to change and evolve. Providence had a very small center – it was a harbor. The downtown area grew (very slightly) from there. The downtown harbor area has been drained, but you can still see the edges of it.

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