The Cygnet

This poem was inspired by the famous Danse des Petits Cygnes (“Dance of the Little Swans”) from one of my favorite ballets: Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake.

cyg·net
ˈsiɡnət/
noun
  1. a young swan.
    Origin
    late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French cignet, diminutive of Old French cigne ‘swan,’ based on Latin cycnus, from Greek kuknos .
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why’s it they call him poised

when grace goes as grace arrives

unseen in youth

manifested only in growth

so why’s it they call him poised

the little one hobbles

and falls and ruffles

its already uneven feathers

then why’s it they call him poised

before the cygnet

blossoms into the swan

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