Treasure Island

Marie Shine

(April 27th,1950 / Listowel. Co. Kerry)

Swan Song


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

Submitted: Sunday, August 24, 2014

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  • 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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