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The Swan

Today’s poem from Education for Justice is by Mary Oliver.

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?

Source: The Swan, by Mary Oliver, The Paris Review #124, Fall, 1992

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Posted by opreach on April 12, 2013
2 Comments Post a comment
  1. 04/12/2013

    Wow, fabulous shot!!!

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    • 04/12/2013

      Thanks, Rexlin. It was a magical moment for me while I enjoyed walking the streets of Chartres in France. The river ran through it. So picturesque!

      Reply

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