18 Dec 2013

Twelve Days of Christmas: 7

Photo credit: simonbooth via Flickr

Seven Swans A-Swimming

Above the surface of the water

legs paddle

wrong way round.

Underneath, reflections of their upright cousins

these swans swim

heads forever wearing crowns of pondweed.

Silt where sky should be.


Humans stand in front of spindly trees

breathing hot white clouds out of mouths

as they watch.

On the water, from the water

black stems fan out to webbed petals

unfathomable flowers skating, figure-of-eighting

as seven swans swim

upside down.


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