Baharak Barzin

Red Swan - Poem by Baharak Barzin

Red swan sitting on the edge
Humming a hymn
But what’s for?
They are gone, all
But she needs forgiveness for being unbeliever though never felt it
She never believes,
Swans, they can’t defend
Her mother said,
Beauty can’t defend,
For she is meant to be loved by all and everyone, everywhere
She's being invaded, being raped and lied
But she has no right to defend,
If she does, the world vapors
The red swan forgot there is no forgiveness for swans
They are innocent or guilty dead
Now the lake is red
Now the world is red
But she shed no blood
She just forgot
She just defended

Topic(s) of this poem: forgiveness, guilt

Comments about Red Swan by Baharak Barzin

  • Daniel Brick (3/18/2017 6:06:00 AM)

    This is a complex poem and I loved puzzling out its meaning: This is how I interpret it. The red swan's beauty is an end in itself. Its stunning beauty should make its life perfect as everyone will admire it and not seek to possess it. So the red swan must be resolutely peaceful and not retaliate against being wronged. But this red swan breaks that taboo, retaliates against injustice and causes much more suffering. At the end the red swan seeks forgiveness for her impulsive act and also restoration of a damaged world.This is a profound poem with no easy answers (Report) Reply

    Baharak Barzin (3/18/2017 6:59:00 AM)

    You almost got what i meant doing this poetry
    I grew up in east and i have been told to go silent against all anti women actions of the society and if you stand against fools they would call you offender not those who offended you

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Poem Submitted: Friday, September 4, 2015

Poem Edited: Friday, September 4, 2015

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