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THE SWAN

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THE SWAN

THE SWAN

It’s unseasonably warm
The sun is high
And I’ve wandered down among the rushes
Bare-legged, knobby kneed, warm mud oozing between my toes
When she catches my eye as she slowly slides by
This graceful swan
No alarm shown, no ruffling of feathers, no hurry
She continues on, close to the bank
And, after a certain spell, is gone
I gaze up into a cloudless sky – one gull gliding high
And suddenly I am one – for but a moment – 
With some formless, sandy jelly
Inched ashore from the hot primordial sea
This sense scalds, travels the length of me
And only a close reappearance of that lovely swan
Brings me back to reality

This poem was inspired by Andrea Dietrich's charming book, Prosies. If you haven't read it, I urge you to buy a copy =
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  1. Date: 7/9/2012 2:39:00 PM
    Wonderful images you have painted in this poem.

  1. Date: 7/9/2012 2:14:00 PM
    Had me in the sand there with you Daver, this was a beauty; I am going to send you soup mail now..!

  1. Date: 7/9/2012 10:44:00 AM
    This one's a beauty, Daver! Seeing the beauty and magnificence of these swans will cetainly leave one feeling blessed. A wonderful way to be brought "back to reality". I wonder what happened to my swans.:( I don't see them, I don't hear them, I think that man sold them...crud!! Be well, take care!! Love, Mikki

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  1. Date: 7/9/2012 10:34:00 AM
    Oh Dave, you transported me right into the imagery, into a deja vu of my own memories of the moments when this, "I am one" happens. Excellent!

  1. Date: 7/9/2012 10:23:00 AM
    Daver, a great poem, very visual, ...David