May Swenson

(May 28, 1913 – December 4, 1989 / Utah)

Water Picture - Poem by May Swenson

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.


Comments about Water Picture by May Swenson

  • (12/4/2018 4:12:00 PM)

    I hate it I dont like it (Report)Reply

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  • (2/20/2018 1:25:00 AM)

    A verry nice poem (Report)Reply

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  • (2/17/2018 8:38:00 AM)

    Ye poem musical ma hai kaya (Report)Reply

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  • (2/2/2018 11:00:00 PM)

    A very pleasant poem. (Report)Reply

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  • (2/2/2018 10:35:00 PM)

    metaphor is doubling and more (Report)Reply

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  • Susan Williams (2/2/2018 3:29:00 PM)

    Stunning! Absolutely stunning! ! How hard that must have been to describe things upside down so well that I could see the images in the pond. Captivating, enjoyable, in all ways poetic. She gets a huge 10 from me and a spot on my fav list. (Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi Louis (2/2/2018 12:48:00 PM)

    Dogs go by! ! Thanks for sharing. (Report)Reply

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  • Anil Kumar Panda (2/2/2018 9:22:00 AM)

    Great imagery. Loved the flow and concept. Thanks for sharing. (Report)Reply

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  • Savita Tyagi (2/2/2018 9:06:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem! So rich and vibrant with imagery. Last lines have specially struck me. Is poetess trying to tell the power of love brought out through an image of kissing duck. Love certainly has power to create ripples in life. (Report)Reply

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  • Ruta Mohapatra (2/2/2018 3:08:00 AM)

    Very well pictured! Thanks for sharing. (Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (2/2/2018 2:48:00 AM)

    Such a great write by May Swenson👍👍👍 (Report)Reply

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  • (1/28/2018 6:58:00 AM)

    It is really a wonderful poem. (Report)Reply

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  • Tapan M. Saren (4/16/2017 9:38:00 AM)

    Wow! Fine poem......... (Report)Reply

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  • Patricia Grantham (11/10/2014 4:16:00 PM)

    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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  • Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (11/10/2013 10:27:00 AM)

    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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  • Kevin Patrick (11/10/2012 8:58:00 PM)

    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 (Report)Reply

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  • (12/4/2009 3:54:00 PM)

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

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  • (1/9/2005 1:57:00 PM)

    hehehehe you describe that scene so very well. How true your words are (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 20, 2003



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