The Swan

A re-posting of an old favourite – thank you to everyone who made this the most commented on poem.

Last summer I took a photograph of a Swan

Arriving with little fuss, a great big, majestic white Swan

It swam towards the shore, this Swan

Set apart from the others, a lone Swan

Her image reflected but there was just one Swan

No prissy preening required, this Swan

Knew how beautiful she was; a turning-heads Swan

Gracefullly moving back and fro, a Swan

In a fashion show, feathered perfect, head held Swan

Like with eyes to the front, a dedicated, professional Swan

So aloof, yet craving attention, a slightly desperate Swan

With the backdrop of the sun setting, a scene-stealing Swan

Who delighted in being a Swan


31 comments on “The Swan

  1. Scent of my heart says:

    For sure is delightful being a swan. so much grace and beauty … and your words have the same touch. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Scent of my heart says:

    Hi, how are you?

    I am Blaga from Jingle Poetry :

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  3. thingy says:

    Lovely. They know, they know. : )

  4. Mike Patrick says:

    We should all delight in being who we are.

  5. Jingle says:


    enjoyed the imagery.

    I have your entry in the collection, please visit and comment for 18 poets within 7 days, let us know after you are done via commenting.


  6. fiveloaf says:

    very interesting end to every line.. great write! here’s mine for week 38..

  7. tigerbrite says:

    A delightful posing Swan 😉

  8. A beutiful poem about a beautiful bird, I love how we can read ourselves into the swan’s roles.
    The Lonely Recluse.

  9. d says:

    swan are such graceful creatures. 🙂

  10. tasithoughts says:

    You put such a meaning and doubled layered meaning into the Swan.

    Loved it!


  11. magher1 says:

    That’s a truely majestic swan! I love the end ‘Who delighted in being a Swan’… We should learn from this swan about this one – to love being ourselves 🙂

  12. Scent of my heart says:

    Thank you for visiting my blog, Happy rally, still loving the swan!

  13. aynsley7 says:

    It is hard to capture the essence of such a majestic bird in words… but you did so, very beautifully
    Thank you for this

  14. ashbeezone says:

    A very Nice Poetry..
    It’s very Imaginative piece of work done by you !!
    Here’s mine STUFF
    !! Happy Rally !!

  15. Becca Givens says:

    Such grace of the Swan captured – they are so soothing to watch … Thank you for sharing.

    Here is my first rally entry:

  16. the swan would be so proud if it could read your poem . lovely

  17. Linda says:

    There are few birds as majestic as a swan. You captured their essence beautifully.

  18. teenagepoet says:

    Great poem! The last line’s my favorite

  19. JL Dodge says:

    Awesome poem Brian !

  20. A swan’s beauty is majestic and sophisticated, which makes it more impressive. But if one’s beauty is all one has, then, like you said, it becomes desperate and craves validation. I like this very insightful piece!

  21. LeiffyV says:

    Great work, I feel your connection with the swan. Thanks for sharing this piece!

  22. lunawitch15 says:

    Im jeaulous of the swan

  23. brain of betty says:

    Interesting subject and keen observations.

  24. Silvertongue says:

    Imagery is at the heart of poetry and this poem wore its heart on its sleeves. Wonderful touch on a majestic scene. 🙂

  25. Seasweetie says:

    Oh, I love this! And your use of the concluding word in each line is brilliant. Thank you.

  26. A very beautiful poem. and the photo too. A very serene poem. Cheers!

  27. Jingle says:

    please return favors to poets who are here,

    welcome enter poets rally week 39 now..visit me for details…
    have fun!

  28. Poets Rally says:


    Hope all is well.

    Noting that you have been part of poets rally in the year of 2011,
    what an achievement, thanks for your outstanding contribution to us
    along the way, keep up the excellence. Best!

    Come join our poetry rally today if you wish to mingle and get inspired!

    A poem of your choice or a free verse is accepted.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

    Looking forward to seeing you share.
    Respect and hugs.

  29. This was so delightful to read, not hard at all to picture. Simply, there is a beautiful swan, and she is told of in a fantastic poem. Great job. One of my favorites so far!

  30. Janrae Mendoza says:

    Beautiful imagery you got here. I enjoyed reading the poem. Happy rally and wish you good luck!

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