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.
- a young swan.Originlate Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French cignet, diminutive of Old French cigne ‘swan,’ based on Latin cycnus, from Greek kuknos .
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