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Ruth L. Schwartz - The Swan At Edgewater Park

Isn't one of your prissy richpeoples' swans
Wouldn't be at home on some pristine pond
Chooses the whole stinking shoreline, candy wrappers, condoms
     in its tidal fringe
Prefers to curve its muscular, slightly grubby neck
     into the body of a Great Lake,
Swilling whatever it is swans swill,
Chardonnay of algae with bouquet of crud,
While Clevelanders walk by saying Look
     at that big duck!
Beauty isn't the point here; of course
     the swan is beautiful,
But not like Lorie at 16, when
Everything was possible--no
More like Lorie at 27
Smoking away her days off in her dirty kitchen,
Her kid with asthma watching TV,
The boyfriend who doesn't know yet she's gonna
Leave him, washing his car out back--and 
He's a runty little guy, and drinks too much, and
It's not his kid anyway, but he loves her, he
Really does, he loves them both--
That's the kind of swan this is.

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Poet: Ruth L. Schwartz
Poem: The Swan At Edgewater Park
Poem of the Day: May 24 2012

Comment 1 of 1, added on October 14th, 2009 at 11:56 AM.

I like this poem! What is there to say about it? It's totally accessible, totally poetic as well...I love poems that are both! A memorable image. And I'd read it somewhere recently...one of my poem-a-day e-mails had it!

Max Reif from United States

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