The Swan Song

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic
This is a piece inspired by Tretchikoff's "Dying Swan".

Submitted: June 13, 2013

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Submitted: June 13, 2013



Dressed in soft white lace and feathers she danced, like a swan, in all her beauty.

Light from the half-sun painted her skin in glorious tones of gold

as the sorrowful melody of the shadow resonated in the forest, spreading darkness.


A choir of lost voices harmonised, in perfect unity, the dark song of the shadow.

She danced, even as the warm sun left her skin turning it translucent and cold.

She feared the song of the shadow,compelling her to dance to its painful tune.


She gracefully sank to the floor with an extended leg and bowed her head as the song climaxed

And with the light came the score of a beautiful swan shielding her from the shadow's sound.

The contrapuntal themes drew battle and when the swan song ended, the shadow had won and she and the swan were taken by it.


Slowly silence fell and the shadow was cast away by the sun once again

And with the absence of music the forest returned to its passive state.

The glorious tones of gold caressed her figure, once again, where she lay, elegantly on the cold ground.

How cruel death's melody could be.



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