The grounds of our celebrated institution span for miles around the city of Waterloo. Within these unexplored territories lie wonders unbeknownst to a majority of students immersed in their academic and professional lives, their concerns confined to their selected areas of study, their paths routine and known.
Unnoticed by passing students and faculty alike, the geese of Waterloo roam around different areas of our campus, going about their business, flexing their powerful necks or beating their mighty wings and travelling the vast grounds, perhaps in search of something unknown, mysterious, and inconceivable.
They can be spotted anywhere the grass is green, and emanate a kind of serene, tranquil simplicity and quaintness to those who take notice of these proud creatures in their natural habitat, grazing along the landmark slopes encircling the campus greenhouse, or floating quietly along the ponds beneath the St. Jerome’s overpass.
One might ponder the secretive, solitary rituals they regularly conduct. Curious creatures, viewed controversially by those who have happened to witness acts of random aggression by these elegant beasts, they remain completely unperturbed by humans, indifferent to their mundane affairs.
They live as though nothing has changed through the centuries that have marked their existence on these lands. Unresponsive even to passing vehicles, they can be spotted scampering in the middle of roads, dumbfounding drivers.
Their collective call can be heard at the hour of the sun’s rise, their early-morning flight marking the daybreak. It is important to keep these creatures in mind, for we co-exist with them within the confines of Waterloo’s far-reaching campus; arguably, we are not so different.
I often find myself lost in thought as I observe these graceful animals around campus. They have a calming effect on those caught up in the stressful continuum of student life, and they transcend mere objects of scenic beauty.
We must pay the geese of Waterloo their due, lest they take their final flight, and disappear into the beyond, forever forgotten.
Crystal Clearing looks into the unnoticed phenomena around the uWaterloo campus.