Sunday, 17 November 2013

Mythology

This poem was written for the Flock Together community arts project at the Welney Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. It references lots of the ancient European mythology surrounding swans.


Mythology

I am the Child of Lir – Apollo’s light –
A tireless traveller, gliding through the night.

I am St Hugh’s lieutenant, Lincoln-born.
My duffel coat of feathers keeps me warm.

Heraldic pilgrim; knight from days of old.
I am sweet Leda’s lover, bathed in gold.

I am no ugly ducking. Sleek and keen:
My loyalty is always to the Queen.

I am the maiden drinking from the well.
I am the secret lost. I will not tell.

Blank pages here, unwritten on my wing.
I will stay Mute, until it’s time to sing.

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