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Swan Lake

She had elegance and poise...
on the surface at least.
A deceptive calm;
swanlike.

Beneath,
a desperate struggle
against undercurrents
known only to her
and others in the same water.

She wasn’t sure if the water
was too hot
or too cold.
Neither did she see the shore;
she couldn’t see it...

yet she seemed, to her friends,
to walk there
with an air of confidence;
pristine in appearance.

To face the outside world
she boiled pans
to wash
her clothes
by hand.

To hide from her inner world
she wrote
poetry
and she read,
but never the mail;
those words would crumble
her fragile veneer.
Still, unopened,
they remained a malignant threat,
silently growing.

She had paid
hard earned money;
planned
for times such as these.

Insurances; protection plans;
vaccinations
against the virus of poverty,
but she hadn’t planned
on being trapped
by the so-called
welfare state.

There was never any immunity.

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  1. Date: 7/20/2010 7:14:00 AM
    Great metaphorical presentation of a topic..Really enjoy the read..I often say of myself..On the outside I look like a duck on calm water but paddling like mischief underneath..Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my work..Sara

  1. Date: 7/20/2010 7:14:00 AM
    wow, a powerful write, Sharon, I love it. I wish I Had more time here this morning. I simply cannot catch up on my comments and it's killing me that I have to wait until late tonight for it. LUv, Andrea

  1. Date: 7/20/2010 6:19:00 AM
    Thank you for sharing your heartfelt poetry with us today Sharon. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/19/2010 11:45:00 AM
    enjoyed reading today!! Thanks for reading my thoughts today. I am probably not making good sense due to anesthesia and pain pills...LOL

  1. Date: 7/19/2010 11:23:00 AM
    Powerful emotions Sharon. This marvellous piece applies to so so many out there. And your words have captured the subject wonderfully >> James

  1. Date: 7/19/2010 9:45:00 AM
    Touching dear,hidden hard life as so seems,yet the people who taste the sourness of life,in any sense,including poverty,these people who struggle to survive,are very brave people,with a strong character,so cheers for their success and a toast to the lady who writes poetry too!Great poem which gives courage to those who are somewhere this lady was. .C.C

  1. Date: 7/19/2010 8:20:00 AM
    very lovely Sharon, deep and fragile, love the way you based it on poetry, enjoyed your poem,..p.d.