Thursday, December 13, 2007

Swan

[Totally Optional Prompts suggested we write about "birds and bonds" this week.]


Swan

Swans mate for life, they tell me,
so when I see a single swan,
swimming on the nearby pond,
should I think he hasn't met his match?, or be
sad that he has lost his
soulmate? Or I could
surmise that his mate is out for an afternoon of
shopping with the girls.



22 comments:

paisley said...

animals that mate for life,, are smart enough to know they don't spend every day with that "person"... they just pop in once a year for a little procreation,, and then go back to their real lives... sometimes i wonder who has the superior brain....

Jo said...

A lovely meditation on a lovely bird. I think I'm right in saying that in England swans are royal birds and nobody is allowed to hunt or eat them (well except for the queen).

Janet said...

my mate is out for an afternoon of
shopping ... for the last 6 years ;-)

Beautiful poem!

sister AE said...

Hello, Paisley. We humans certainly make our lives more complicated that we need to, don't we?

Hi, Jo. Thanks. I remember seeing swans in Kensington Gardens more than 25 years ago. They were beautiful. But since I know to give geese a wide berth, I figured it was safest to do the same with swans. Pretty they may be, but I'm guessing they can be a bit snappish, too.

sister AE said...

LOL, Janet! and thanks.

tumblewords said...

How fun! Never thought of SwanShopping!

June said...

Like paisley said above, they mate, not live together. Sometimes I think they might have it right!

HL said...

Nice imagery. Perhaps the cob taking a break from his turn incubating the eggs. To my knowledge pens have not devolved so far as shopping.

sophie said...

Yes, they can be snappish. I ran afoul of a nest visiting my sister at Furman University. I hate to admit that we entertained ourselves be aggravating (but absolutely not hurting) them. I regret that part, but I still think they should not have nested on the path. I would not do the same given the choice again.

Love the beautiful poem.

sister AE said...

Thanks, tumblewords.

Hi, June. thanks.

Hello, HL. You never know...

Hi, sophie. thanks.

gautami tripathy said...

That was some thought! I really liked that ending!

cawing

sister AE said...

Hi, Gautami. Thanks.

...deb said...

It's a lovely fantasy. What a twist.

sister AE said...

hello, ...deb. thanks. I get interesting things when my imagination runs away with me...

Crafty Green Poet said...

I like the idea of the swan going shopping to have a break from her mate! You're right (in your comment) to surmise that swans can be snappy, they certainly can be...!)

sister AE said...

Hi, Juliet. thanks.

SweetTalkingGuy said...

You paint a great picture with your words. In England you have to have a royal license to hunt swans. Publicans were aloud to hunt swans in olden times with two nicks on their beak - hence the common olde worlde pub name 'The Swan With Two Nicks!'

sister AE said...

thanks, SweetTalkingGuy.

Linda said...

I like the way this is written! Entertaining and thought-provoking.

sister AE said...

thanks, Linda. I was definitely going for humor, but also for the caution to be careful what assumptions you bring to your observations.

gingatao said...

I read yesterday a true story about a girl swan who had fallen in love with a paddle boat and wouldn't leave for warmer climes with the other swans because her paddleboat wouldn't go with her. Perhaps we should introduce her to your lonely swan. Lovely poem.

sister AE said...

Hi, gingatao. ha! perhaps, although if the other swan is just out shopping, it could be cause for strife!