Perfect Poet Award from Jingle–10/8/10

The Santa Rosa Mountains at dusk.

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Perfect Poet’s Award from Jingle: 10/8/10–Thank You

Desert Swan: a Haiku

An errant golf ball

killed our peaceful desert swan.

Serenity died.

Sorry to do a sad one but when I saw the image I had to memorialize the beautiful swan we lost last year. Our home  (my mother’s, actually) in Palm Desert is on the 12th hole of a golf course, a water hazard. When I first began visiting my parents there, in the early 1980’s, there was a pair of swans. A few years later, the female was hit by a car, and the male remained alone. His job was to spar with the mallards who would visit, scaring them off to another hole. Last year my cousin came to visit and told us, when he arrived, that he thought something was the matter with the swan…indeed, there was. He’d been cold-cocked by a golf ball. It’s hard to describe the beauty he used to bring in the early morning hours when the rising sun cast a glow on the Santa Rosa Mountains, and reflected back onto the still water. He has not been replaced, to our chagrin.

18 thoughts on “Perfect Poet Award from Jingle–10/8/10

  1. Lu Ann says:

    Amazing pictures, amazing words, amazing writer.


  2. Kick Out The Jams says:

    What a great poem to remember such a beautiful swan…


  3. Jingle says:
    Our poetry potluck is NOW open, welcome linking in..

    thanks for the support.


  4. sad for the swan.. heartbreaking indeed!

    my rally poem is here:


  5. PinkLady says:

    congratulations on your well-deserved award, victoria!

    that is a sad tale about a lovely creature.


  6. I trust he will learn the lessons, souldipper. I think the Native Americans had the right idea. Before they killed an animal, they thanked its spirit and apologized. That makes me so sad that anyone would do that just for the thrill or whatever.

    The poor guy whose drive hit our swan was devastated. Life is so fragile.


  7. souldipper says:

    We had a swan and a Canada Goose living in our Harbour for years. They each lost their mates and seemed to fall in love with each other. Their affections touched the hearts of everyone. Some incredibly sad human being shot the swan. Go figure. If it was for the 15 minutes of fame, I wonder if that person knows about negative energy.


  8. Jingle says:

    sad, but it is a wake up call for us to be aware of the issue…
    no restriction of the poem type…
    well done!
    I will link your post in to share…
    you commented enough to deserve the attention.


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