Beauty or Beast?

Canadian geese

Canadian geese

Back in Britain, Canada Geese always had that exotic cachet of having flown in from some far-away land. A little part of Canada right there in our midst!

It was amusing to discover that your average Canuck doesn’t hold them in such high esteem. Here, they’re seen as more of a pest than anything else. Great flocks of them will settle on sports fields for the evening, and, like a community of pikeys, they’ll be gone in the morning, having left at dawn, leaving nothing but piles of sh*t behind them!

I have to say though, I do like the reassuring sound of their calls as they maintain flight formation while passing overhead…

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By Aisha Ashraf

An autistic Irish immigrant in a cross-cultural marriage, Aisha Ashraf is the archetypal outlander, writing to root herself through place and perspective. Published in The Rumpus, The Maine Review, River Teeth, HuffPost and elsewhere, her work explores the legacy of trauma, the nature of being an outsider and the narrow confines of belonging. She currently lives in Canada.

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