Spring swans

Photo©Bob Jones


Swans there were in the sky, a skein of nine,

silent and white as driven snow,

a perfect arrowhead, pacific and pure,

pulsed with hot blood and smooth-feathered muscle.

One accord binds them on the paths of the air,

above the slow-flowing river, bound to its bed,

one accord, wing tip to wing tip, slip-stream rowing,

strongest in front, breaking the way.

Bonds as sure as any fraternity, buoy their passage,

surging on pure white power and gentle compassion.


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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.

12 thoughts on “Spring swans”

    1. I’ve never seen a flock of swans in flight before and wasn’t aware that they fly in V formation too. But silent and steady, not like the cranes that are all over the place and make a tremendous racket, or the geese that are noisy too. They were beautiful!

      1. Lovely! The cranes are fun to watch because they are so noisy and they seem to lose the plot every so often and disperse flying around as if they’re lost. The geese don’t do that but they make a din too, and swap about a bit as the leader gets tired.

      2. as long as they stick to the parks they’d be alright. I just can’t imagine the farmers wouldn’t claim unacceptable levels of crop damage if they settled on farmland.

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