Swan feathers merge with dried fragments of reeds
Head and foot touch, encircling a listless body
The wind rushes through, howling, dragging
my breath upward, fogging my glasses
At her side, pink styrofoam buoy, abandoned
and barnacle-strewn; at her tail, emptied Doritos bag,
filled with defiled air. One stiff leg, dark and webbed,
stretches over stained thermal cup
Tears cannot cleanse this neglect
Three yearlings float mutely at water's edge.
What can they do? The mother's neck, rolled
over, limp, has taken back time itself
In a whirring violin sonata, five adults fly overhead
The living swans circle and return, coming
together like a flower, one bird in the center,
or heart: mysterious, elegant adieu
The breath of their wings forces the waters
into whitecaps, illusion of swans lifting their
heads. They are everywhere, rising, dissolving;
the sea, roiling with swan spirits...
- Sue Holloway -
West Haven, CT
April 5, 2000
~ Excerpt from: Ealadh
The Swan Society
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