Pt. 4: A Rumination on the Goose

Collaboration. Diversity. Community.

(A safe return, a love of home.)

It takes a lot to get a bunch of people in a room together. It takes even more to get a bunch of different people in a room together.

This year, ROCKchester is focusing on being as diverse as the world we are living in. Amplifying new voices, amplifying voices that may have not had the means to amplify themselves. Amplification and understanding: two ideas worth pondering on and striving for.

Migration happens. We move. Into different homes… Into different headspaces… Into different habits…

Consider the V shapes geese form in the Midwestern sky—the coalescence as each individual trades off point position and others fall back, encouraging the pace to be kept through shrill vocalizations. I imagine you’ll think differently when you hear the honks now.

It is in out best interest to meditate on how to give up more control to others. “In an environment lacking in loving support, the Goose will draw their eyes inward.” Communicate your needs to others. Follow your gut. Remember your roots.

But, geese are dicks. Right?

For some, the goose is a punk symbol: it is a creature that is easily disturbed, loud, and annoying. But reconsider the communal nature of the goose. When have you ever seen one traveling alone? When have you ever seen a pack leave one of its members in harm’s way?

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,

the world offers itself to your imagination,

calls to you like wild geese, harsh and exciting -

over and over announcing your place.” — Mary Oliver