Trumpeter Swan

Trumpeter Swan

Looking through the tall grass
down into the valley below
Oh what a sight for my sore eyes
Did this magical day bestow

The majestic Trumpeter Swan
Signature ebony beak, legs and feet
His plumage surrounding him
as a throne on which he will seat
 
He moved silently on a mirrored lake 
Creating a picture postcard scene
The cold waters are his kingdom 
Where he lives with his queen
 
The soft downy feel of feathers
Replaced by frozen crystals of ice
As he flaps wings with his might
Predators might likely think twice
 
His finesse regal in every sense
Elegant in tuxedo of black and white
A wingspan ten feet, maybe more
Assures an impressive flight
 
 
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

Laura Boomsbury is hosting D'Verse Poetics tonight
She has asked us to choose an example of prose
by Laurie Lee and expand on it using
“I had never been so close to grass before. It towered
above me and all around me, each blade tattooed with
tiger-skins of sunlight. It was knife-edge, dark and a
wicked green, thick as a forest and alive with
grasshoppers that chirped and chattered, and leapt
through the air like monkeys” (Cider with Rosie)

Word Prompt
Finesse - RTD

Swan photo by Hinterland's Who's Who

  28 comments for “Trumpeter Swan

  1. June 25, 2019 at 9:20 pm

    Absolutely beautiful

    • Christine Bolton
      June 26, 2019 at 9:29 am

      Aww thank you Sadje 🙂💕

      • June 26, 2019 at 12:23 pm

        You’re welcome Christine

      • Christine Bolton
        June 26, 2019 at 12:53 pm

        ❤️

  2. June 25, 2019 at 11:04 pm

    How beautiful!

    • Christine Bolton
      June 26, 2019 at 9:29 am

      Thank you my dear friend 💕💕

      • June 26, 2019 at 11:40 am

        My pleasure. 🙂💞

  3. June 26, 2019 at 4:31 am

    Thanks for joining in with the prompt – you have taken the first line of the prose and peered through the grass –
    I like the inference of white as
    “frozen crystals of ice
    As he flaps wings with his might”

    • Christine Bolton
      June 26, 2019 at 9:29 am

      Thank you so much Laura 🙂

  4. June 26, 2019 at 5:30 am

    really beautiful depiction, you transported me there with your words!

    • Christine Bolton
      June 26, 2019 at 9:28 am

      Thanks so much Kate 🙂 The Trumpeter came up in a book I am reading and I can’t get it out of my head!

      • June 26, 2019 at 4:25 pm

        something just resound deeply don’t they … then keep writing it out 🙂

      • Christine Bolton
        June 26, 2019 at 5:18 pm

        Yes! 🙂

  5. June 26, 2019 at 5:35 am

    You capture the power of the swan 🙂

    • Christine Bolton
      June 26, 2019 at 9:27 am

      Thanks Jane 🙂💕

  6. June 26, 2019 at 6:30 am

    I sailed along with your words, Christine. What a majestic creature that swan is.

    • Christine Bolton
      June 27, 2019 at 9:58 pm

      Thank you so much Tracy. 🙂 I couldn’t get him out of my mind after reading about them. Sorry for the delay in answering, your message went to Spam 😔

      • June 28, 2019 at 1:11 am

        No worries, Christine. That seems to be happening a lot to me lately. I think it has to do with the music challenge I’m doing at the moment.

      • Christine Bolton
        June 28, 2019 at 8:37 am

        Good luck with it Tracy 🙂

  7. June 26, 2019 at 9:08 am

    This is so beautiful, you’ve really taken me there.

    • Christine Bolton
      June 26, 2019 at 9:27 am

      Thank you so much 🙂 I really appreciate it 💕

  8. June 26, 2019 at 11:39 am

    My pleasure. 🙂💞

  9. June 26, 2019 at 2:18 pm

    What a lovely sight and powerful flight you’ve recorded here! The last quatrain is my favorite.

    • Christine Bolton
      June 26, 2019 at 2:24 pm

      Thank you so much Lynn 🙂💕

  10. June 26, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    I would love to have such an experience… wonderful birds.

  11. June 26, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    This was beautiful Christine!

    • Christine Bolton
      June 26, 2019 at 10:13 pm

      Thank you so much Rob. You are always so kind 🙂

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