Treasure Island

Gerald Stern


Poems of Gerald Stern

1. Apocalypse 1/20/2003
2. Swan Song 1/13/2003
3. The Dancing 1/20/2003

Swan Song

A bunch of old snakeheads down by the pond
carrying on the swan tradition -- hissing
inside their white bodies, raising and lowering their heads
like ostriches, regretting only the sad ritual
that forced them to waddle back into the water
after their life under the rocks, wishing they could lie again
in the sun

and dream of spreading their terrifying wings;

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