THE GEM 27 FEB 2015 : Speak like a parrot; meditate like a swan; chew like a goat; and bathe like an elephant. Indian

27 FEB 2015


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Judith Bishop

Swan Lake

As music curves through the body, the swing of it

lifting mind’s invisible feet, so it happened


a ballet I’d gone to in the days after breaking up

with someone who had found me rather clumsy


left behind a troupe of swans in my heart.

Now the inner band played on, a waltz as searing


as a light too brightly shining in a room that should be dark,

and the swans, pirouetting through the dark


and joyful moments of the plot, took my heart

dancing, till the grief that remained


turned to a mood of gentle swanning

through the fine, vacated ballroom of the mind;


till the swans evaporated with a cry.

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