I wrote this in 2006, I believe.
It was early in the morning,
Not long after sunrise,
That I was trudging to my workplace,
Crusty sleep in eyes;
My sagging head was lowly hung,
My face was bleak and wan,
And then at once bold in my path
Was stood a snow-white swan.
A mother warding her dear child
Destroyed my pensive mood
(The swanling doddled ‘tween her legs
Canal bank grass for food).
Her breast was out, her neck was stiff,
Her eyes that shone were keen,
Her form was strong, unmoving
Save her eyes that had me seen;
And nearer by a couple glid
So calm, and peaceful, free,
With pink mouths ope and trumpeting
Their happy song to me,
My gloomy wallow was forgot
As joy and bliss and truth begot.
© 2006 – 2016 Bryan A. J. Parry
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