Royal Visit

Swan on the RibbleWonder on the river,
wings strong as iron,
white as cloud.

Impeccable necks
set at the perfect
curve of regal,

plumages sunshined
with gold, steadfast heads
brightly crowned.

Such a surprise
I wonder why, how
and when you so

suddenly appeared,
which wind brought you
to Belisama’s vale

far from your citadels,
jewel-like eggs
and cygnets within

singing soft songs,
fragile mouths
chirruping swan poetry,

why you brought
to our wondrous river
your gift of grace?

Swans on Ribble

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