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Saturday, May 26, 2012

DId You See It?

The Swan

Did you too see it, drifting, all night, on the black river?
Did you see it in the morning, rising into the silvery air -
An armful of white blossoms,
A perfect commotion of silk and linen as it leaned
into the bondage of its wings; a snowbank, a bank of lilies,
Biting the air with its black beak?
Did you hear it, fluting and whistling
A shrill dark music - like the rain pelting the trees - like a waterfall
Knifing down the black ledges?
And did you see it, finally, just under the clouds -
A white cross Streaming across the sky, its feet
Like black leaves, its wings Like the stretching light of the river?
And did you feel it, in your heart, how it pertained to everything?
And have you too finally figured out what beauty is for?
And have you changed your life?

~Mary Oliver~

2 comments:

  1. Oh...this absolutely gave me chills. I think I've read the poem before..but then - reading it with the image - and it just made me shiver. Beautiful!!!

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  2. I'm with Marcie, this one went right through me. I don't think I've seen this one from Mary Oliver before. I have never read a poem from her I didn't feel a connection with.

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