The Swan Effect
The Swan Effect Your slender neck and wings so clean
Graceful movement, so serene,
The purest feathers which you preen
Are what attracts the eye.
Curves and power, gliding slow,
Majestic as a river flow
Sleek and gently strong you go
Sliding steady like a sigh.
Ivory feathers glistening bright,
Basalt eye that hints of night,
Swimming power and huge in flight,
Along the lake you slide.
Beneath the water’s murky shade,
Shrivelled skin and feet of spade,
Pumping legs the space invade,
You pant and weep inside.
You never want the world to see
The stress of floating near to me
For grace and beauty are the key
Your every move is muffled
The question mark of beak and neck,
Beneath the line disguise a wreck,
Invaders will receive a peck
If feathers are but ruffled.
So I will surely give you space
To chase your rivals from this place.
Your moods are hidden from your face,
Your lizard legs and toes.
Your beauty shows the world is pure
Mere mortals must remain on shore
Your lifeblood muscles once you tore
Still frantic fever glows.
Water on your back in silver beads
You seem contained in all your needs,
Your fretting soul the furnace feeds
Your struggling leans upon.
We all can seem serene and calm,
Our feathered shell protects from harm,
Beneath the waves a fire alarm,
But up above a swan. X