We have almost completed NaPoMo :>o
Today's challenge? 'Write a poem based on / inspired by / about a fairytale' -- so one for Coo, this time :>)

Shining white, sheer delight

'Please kill me,' begs the bird, for he foresees
no end to being rejected for his looks
by pretty siblings, farmyard families,
a torrid turkey and a few tough chooks

and all because he doesn't look the way
they think he should, supposing him a duck
or something else, his coat all silver-grey,
not brown or yellow; 'Wrong!' the chickens cluck;

one day he saw a mighty flock of birds,
white birds so beautiful, he gave a cry;
these now approach and hear his three sad words,
he bows his head, in readiness to die...

then sees his water-image, shining white;
the swans embrace; he cries with sheer delight.

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Written on 2021-04-28 at 22:22

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Bibek The PoetBay support member heart!
I think I have vague memories of reading that fairytale when I was in school. A beautiful rendering of (almost) forgotten lore about ducks and swans. Enjoyed reading it a lot. :)


It's one of the many joys of poetbay to read the offerings of Coo & Co, consistently at ease and fluent in all manner of metre and rhyme.

And yes (forgive me for noticing the "how" before the "what," the form before the substance!), the substance of the poem is also quite beautiful.

one trick pony The PoetBay support member heart!
There's a little swan in all of us, though sometimes it's hard to see.

Lawrence Beck The PoetBay support member heart!
This is wonderful!