Speak like a parrot; meditate like a swan; chew like a goat; and bathe like an elephant. Indian

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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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