Day 276 – Typical Swan Shot

Typical Swan Shot

Day 276

The Swan by Mary Oliver

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?
Three days worth of photos are coming in tonight.  I really don’t like posting in this way, but what can you do?  I have been very busy with a graphic project for the local Civic Players and it has kept me quite occupied.
This really isn’t a great shot, but it was the most cooperation I could get from this particular swan.  He certainly was a pretty fellow.

10 thoughts on “Day 276 – Typical Swan Shot

  1. Somehow it’s a little bit reassuring to me that swans are kind of cranky customers, socially–it’s kind of like how I felt about those Cool Kids when I was young who were so unnaturally pretty that I was a tad relieved to know they were kind of dimwitted or stuck up or sillier than cartoons once you got past the how-d’ye-dos. Poor kids. 😉

    • And you have commented on a day when my daughter has told me about a “mean girl” in the sixth grade who is one of the Cool Kids and is continually putting the other kids down and wearing peek-a-boo shirts. Sam has no patience with the girl and is already finding out about that dimwitted-ness.

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