Marie Shine

Rookie - 390 Points (April 27th,1950 / Listowel. Co. Kerry)

Swan Song - Poem by Marie Shine

Snow white tutu trimmed in pink
dangles from bent green stem
Oh! Delicate flower of Spring
Beautiful, graceful Cyclamen
Dancing in the wild wind
Pirouetting to and fro
You give the performance of your life
before finally letting go
Stem broken! Without a sound
Your fate is sealed
as you topple helplessly to the ground


Comments about Swan Song by Marie Shine

  • Gold Star - 16,656 Points Sandra Feldman (1/19/2015 1:17:00 PM)

    How beautiful!
    Delicately touching and visual.
    The images you paint can clearly be seen and felt.
    True poetry! (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 22,181 Points Valsa George (10/8/2014 11:24:00 AM)

    The beautiful flower in its delicate stem is pirouetting and performing its final dance before it falls to the ground, wilted and withered! Though its life is short, it delights in its beauty and enjoys its fleeting existence and without revolt or resistance succumbs to its fate! A poet of imagination and observation is able to celebrate even the fall of a flower! Beautiful write, Marie! Enjoyed the title too! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 9,886 Points Daniel Brick (9/8/2014 1:46:00 AM)

    I was almost 100% certain I had already written a comment on this poem. But since none appears here, I guess I was thinking about it so forcefully in my mind it got imprinted. The poem reverses the message of the oak tree and the grasses, that is, by bending the grasses survive the storm winds but the mighty oak in trying to resist is destroyed. In this poem the cyclamen achieves considerable nobility in standing tall, true to its nature. The issue here is not survival but integrity. This line is ambiguous YOU GIVE THE PERFORMANCE OF YOUR LIFE. Who saw the performance? Did they see integrity or foolishness? A glorious moral victory or a warning against pride? (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, August 24, 2014



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