Swan Island by Vivi Steels

Posted on May 22, 2016 at 2:45 AM

Swan Island


The corner turned,

turquoise water overhung

with soft, green willow

surrounds the April nest

barricaded with branches

to make an inner island

of safety for Easter eggs;

green-white and so large,

to be turned to perfection

at unusual angles.


We counted seven cygnets that year.

Grey-brown down,

flimsy yet watertight,

nibbled along with young weed,

riding under arch-angel wings.


The cob glides back.

Beaks touch, necks ‘S’

throwing down heart reflections

like white confetti.

Snake-skin feet stroke

cool blue water,

the corner turned

then out of view.


© Vivien Steels

Published in Green Vibrations Anthology (Peace & Freedom Press) - Winter 2003/04

Illustrated with 'Mute Swan Bowing' - original photograph by Vivi Steels

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