one bird seems to lead ~ tanka

one bird seems to lead
that winged arc across the sky
none truly follow
reaching their destination
instinct their only compass

With a memory like a sieve, it’s ironic that, at times, once I have a word in my head I can’t get it out. Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday Challenge No. 127 – Synonyms Only offers the words
lead and follow. Once I started writing, those words were there to stay,
so consider this a non-response to her prompt.

Image source: cornell.edu