All at Coo & Co are delighted to announce that six cygnets were born to George and Zelda Swan on 4th May (or thereabouts) :>)

Birthday Ode

Just off the southern curve of Lower Lake,
   there lies Swan Island, ringed by leaning trees –
young ash and willow mingling in the brake,
   gold birch, with catkins rippling in the breeze;
all April, good George ferried to this ground
   green grass and rushes from the water's edge,
      and pine sticks, gathered from the fragrant grove,
for Zelda to restore their lofty mound
   above the spreading patterns of spring sedge,
      and then to lay six eggs in silver trove.

Three dozen days or so, the parents sit
   upon the nest by turn, until one day...
'Tap-tap!' inside, till every shell is split
   and six grey cygnets born, on 4th of May;
while all dry swiftly by their mum's warm side,
   Dad launches on the lake, his white wings raised
      to claim the waters for the fluffy brood,
then all set sail along the gentle tide,
   past grassy verge, where last year's children grazed,
      to peaceful pier, to find their first day's food.

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Written on 2016-05-16 at 00:54

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one trick pony The PoetBay support member heart!
How are the little fellas doing? Well, I hope.

Your poems, with their meter and rhymes, make me nostalgic for the poems I would have written if I weren't so lazy, and, honestly, incapable. I always enjoy yours, and feel a little nostalgic, as well, for the lakes and park, of which I have nothing comparable.


Jamsbo Rockda The PoetBay support member heart!
Absolutely wonderful. It must have been such a glorious sight to see. Thank you for this happy piece on an ordinary day.

Lawrence Beck The PoetBay support member heart!
Oh, this lovely; tricky too. The ABCABC rhymes in the lower parts of both stanzas are so unusual that, so far as I can tell, there is no term which describes them. I'm out of my chair, and on my feet. Wonderful!