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August 1, 2012
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Strange how the swans did not return
to the lake that June,
almost as if they knew something
the rest of us did not -
some savage instinct or glorious flaw
christened and drowning in the water.

Their nests had been plucked clean, deflowered -
the eggs all gone,
the water choked thick and spiteful
with weeds.
The dock stood as always - knee deep in reeds
and apathy, the bald wood
showing its age and wobbling.

The tide brought its witness -
the wide, yellow maw of pollen
forbidding the surface to move.
You stood on the shore and poked
the sand with a stick as if expecting
it to to get up and walk away and surprised
when it did not make a sound.

I wondered what you were thinking
while you stared out over the water,
holding your breath like a bucket of stones.
Your lips never moved but I could hear
you talking -
blithe and unseen sounds nestling
in the crater of late afternoon.

And the kites kept their distance
all summer, never noticing the mercury
bursting from the thermometers or how
the wind kept changing its direction,
just biding their own time as the months
wore out their brief welcome.
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Shades-Of-Lethe Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Featured here: [link] :heart:
Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Professional Writer
Many thanks!
AElfrics-Cat Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
At once beautifully natural and uncomfortably ominous. Delicious imagery in this. And, it's odd (well, so am I), but my favourite line in this is the description of the wooden dock. Yay, wood.
(Also, apologies for the onslaught of comments all at once - I am catching up on my dA summer!)
Shades-Of-Lethe Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful... you are such a great poet...
Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks very much!
flummo Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Student Writer
Oh goodness this is absolutely beautiful.
Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Professional Writer
Many thanks - I greatly appreciate it!
Sigma-Echo-Seven Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Student Writer
The dichotomy between "savage instinct" and "glorious flaw" really appeals to me, as does the line "Your lips never moved but I could hear" all the way to the end of the poem. Fantastic!
Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Professional Writer
Many thanks - I greatly appreciate it!
VicariouSoul Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Professional Writer
I like the fact you spend more than just a couple of hours on your work. You'll work on it for days or a week. I believe poems that are dished out very fast don't hold a quality to them like a poem that has been carefully looked over with new eyes and improved upon over and over until it's just right. One great poem makes up for ten rushed ones that fall short. There was a poet, I forget his name, that said if you don't write one poem a day then you're not a poet or a good poet. I have to disagree.

Anyway, your work impresses me yet again, as always, and pardon me for my hiatus. I haven't really been able to read much from anyone due to outside events.
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