Swan sept: the challenge entries

Last week’s poetry challenge was to write a sept on the theme of swans, and/or using this painting as inspiration.

Walter_Leistikow_Auffliegende_Schwäne

You sent in a lot of lovely poems. Here they are, in order of appearance.

Peter Bouchier’s was the first entry
https://peterbouchier.wordpress.com/english-essays-and-poems-2/tuonela/

Then EP Verbeek with this poem

Swan King of the birds
Graceful and gracious
As couple together
Only death can separate you
Your children fervently defend
Oh beautyful birds
Will we People ever be like you?

I reduced it to a seven line sept to fit the metre:

Swans
Graceful
Together
Until death parts
Brood-guarding
Beauties
Trust.

Then Sally Cronin decided to give it a go.
https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/10/21/poetry-challenge-swans-via-jane-dougherty/

Next comes Cygnus from rivrvlogr

glide
Cygnus
your beauty
and elegance
reflected
in your
grace

https://rivrvlogr.wordpress.com/2015/10/21/cygnus/

Then Erica Herd
http://suburbanhobo.com/2015/10/21/poetry-challenge-swans-and-ugly-duckling/

From the originator, Elusive Trope

Swans at Dusk

hand
cross brow
shade the eyes
aid sight’s struggle
to capture
nature’s
lift

http://elusivetrope.com/2015/10/21/swans-at-dusk/

Ali Isaac’s particularly cheerful contribution:

The Dream of Óengus Óg

Fly
Swan-maid
Dream lover
Lift up my heart
On soft wings
Whilst I
Die

Then Deuxiemepeau

Wings
Caress
The soft light
Of sun on sea,
Fluttering,
Flying,
Free.

Another cheery one from Kris the Bard

Swans
Jet black
Harbingers
Of my sorrow
Fly away
Leave me
Be

Jim contributed this one—I’m sorry I don’t have a link for you, Jim 😦

Sun
Shadows
Under wing
Swans day begins
Over sea
Then land
Free

JLapis slipped this one in:

https://darklightharbor.wordpress.com/2015/10/25/white-winged-embrace/

Then The Secret Keeper
http://thesecretkeeper.net/2015/10/25/poetry-challenge-the-sept-2-swans/

Last one from jjspina

Like
Finds love
Leads the way
Needs more today
Than just love
Finds more
Heart.

Thank you all for the great response. New theme tomorrow. Bet you can’t guess what it will be 🙂

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

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