Vagrant: n. 1 a person without a settled home or regular work; 1.1 archaic a wanderer; 1.2 Ornithology a bird that has strayed or been blown from its usual range or migratory route eg ‘most birders are hoping to find the wind-blown vagrants of migration’
‘[The child’s] imagination was captured by the presence of this strange white princess from a land far over the sea…as she knew from the map that Rhayader showed her, and on which they traced the stormy path of the lost bird from its home in Canada to the Great Marsh of Essex.’
from The Snow Goose by Paul Gallico
First illustrated edition of Paul Gallico’s The Snow Goose, published by Michael Joseph in 1946; illustrations by ornithologist, conservationist and painter (later Sir) Peter Scott. Image www.paulgallico.info
The Snow Geese by William Fiennes, 2002: a story of home, inspired by Paul Gallico’s novel.
Being somewhere in-between:
I sit at a turn from where
Roads lead in all directions.
from Crossing by Gulzar
I am the one
who always goes away.
Sometimes I’m asked if
I were searching for a place
that can keep my soul
a place where I can stay
without wanting to leave.
Maybe the joy lies
in always being able to leave –
But I never left home.
I carried it away
with me – here in my darkness
from The one who goes away by Sujata Bhatt
We are guest people
without land or name, moving south and south,
wild birds seeking a place to call home.
from My Hakka Grandmother by Eileen Chong