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Swans on the Saone River...France


The Swan

Did you too see it, drifting, all night, on the black river?
Did you see it in the morning, rising into the silvery air -
An armful of white blossoms,
A perfect commotion of silk and linen as it leaned
into the bondage of its wings; a snowbank, a bank of lilies,
Biting the air with its black beak?
Did you hear it, fluting and whistling
A shrill dark music - like the rain pelting the trees - like a waterfall
Knifing down the black ledges?
And did you see it, finally, just under the clouds -
A white cross Streaming across the sky, its feet
Like black leaves, its wings Like the stretching light of the river?
And did you feel it, in your heart, how it pertained to everything?
And have you too finally figured out what beauty is for?
And have you changed your life?
Poem...Mary Oliver
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Reader Comments (5)

Gorgeous tones and soft warm light! Perfectly paired with Mary Oliver's beautiful words.

August 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

Cheryl the words and image are just perfect. The light especially is so beautiful, you always inspire.

August 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterViv Halliwell

Such a dreamy photograph. Sometimes scenic photos are "too sharp" for my taste. I think your edit lends a sense of movement and adventure and hopefulness. And, any poem by Mary Oliver, always draws me in. I enjoyed visiting your blog and meeting you. I loved the CeeCee Honeycutt book, too!

August 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

It is such a dreamy, gentle place!! I love your the poem. I hope you print this one in large size to hang on a wall in your home! xx

August 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBeverly

So nice to see another of your wonderful images from France. And what a great poem to pair it with. Perfect!

August 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSherry G.

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