Water Picture Poem by May Swenson

Water Picture

Rating: 3.2

In the pond in the park
all things are doubled:
Long buildings hang and
wriggle gently. Chimneys
are bent legs bouncing
on clouds below. A flag
wags like a fishhook
down there in the sky.

The arched stone bridge
is an eye, with underlid
in the water. In its lens
dip crinkled heads with hats
that don't fall off. Dogs go by,
barking on their backs.
A baby, taken to feed the
ducks, dangles upside-down,
a pink balloon for a buoy.

Treetops deploy a haze of
cherry bloom for roots,
where birds coast belly-up
in the glass bowl of a hill;
from its bottom a bunch
of peanut-munching children
is suspended by their
sneakers, waveringly.

A swan, with twin necks
forming the figure 3,
steers between two dimpled
towers doubled. Fondly
hissing, she kisses herself,
and all the scene is troubled:
water-windows splinter,
tree-limbs tangle, the bridge
folds like a fan.

Leslie Audes 04 December 2009

Swenson is definitely a poet for lovers of imagery: of which i'm one!

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dissatified exmember 09 January 2005

hehehehe you describe that scene so very well. How true your words are

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Kevin Patrick 10 November 2012

So rich and imaginative one visual image transformed into this work of stellar work, the imagery is just bursting life and clarity. Deserves a higher rating then it currently has

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Patricia Grantham 10 November 2014

This poem is really magnificent in its entirety. Staring into the water makes everything topsy turvy. A distorted image but an image nonetheless. A glorious write.

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An inverted view of life That only a poet can paint so well looking at placid waters images in a dance so swell I welcome all ye poets reading this to my page too

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MAHTAB BANGALEE 09 February 2023

beautiful poetical imagery is crafted here; great to read

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Mrgetrekt 04 December 2018

I hate it I dont like it

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Sanjay 20 February 2018

A verry nice poem

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dhruvita bhungaliya 17 February 2018

Ye poem musical ma hai kaya

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Suzy Marebra 02 February 2018

A very pleasant poem.

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