Featured Poem: “Standoff”

STANDOFF by Andy Roberts

I’ve been walking this trail thirty years
but today I have to change course
because a pair of Canadian geese
have built a nest on the left.
The male hisses and rushes at me.
I stand my ground but he won’t give up.
This is life and death to them,
and the pair are screaming their outrage,
defending the nest.
It becomes clear
I will not win this argument
against pink hissing tongues.
I will not win this argument,
not in a million years.


  1. April 1, 2009 at 1:25 am

    […] I always have a few that are my favorites.  I posted one by Andy Roberts titled “Standoff” in my last post.   It’s not very profound; it’s a simple poem, with a simple […]

  2. Steve Ausherman said,

    April 7, 2009 at 3:29 am

    I love this poem. In the nearby foothillls of the Sandia Mountains I have walked exposed stone outcropping, sand gullays, gravel trails and the snaking pre-trod path over the last 16 years and they remain the same while constantly offering changes of light, heat, cloud shadow, lizard tracks, blown sand, and experience. I love this poems (Stand Off) mix of imagery and experience…the hovering feeling of having a trail as a companion through time and weather and years…through the weather of a life combined with the fresh new experience of the birds. This poem calls to the walker in me, the introvert, the loner, the writer, and the lover of birds and old trails. I love it. It is a gentle reminder to get out on the trails and find my own strange experiences and confrontations with the mundane and the absurd. Thanks for this delicate beauty of a piece Andy!

  3. April 16, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Doesn’t Andy Roberts have an elegant manner of expression. He’s a true poet, a spare and elegant poet. I’ve found that some of his poems are a braid, a simple weave, very often, of three major elements and he leaves us with that, not telling us everything. Leaving us with the experience on our own. Like why did he use the cliche at the end? I think I know. What do you think?

  4. John L. Stanizzi said,

    September 10, 2009 at 3:55 am

    Lovely poem. For the sake of accuracy, I believe they’re Canada Geese.

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