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when swans cry

Updated on March 10, 2013

Along the edge of the Ireland shore
a young maiden whispered of falling in love
skipping round stones in an emerald green pond
swaying along with the willow trees song

Her dreams of children , a boy and a girl
were the birds in her head that never did sleep
but this secret she told
was to a sister of old
a red haired demon
Burning flames in a heart of stone
the jealous one with ocean eyes
fury killed any angel inside
her Rage picked up the large black stone

Like a magician with sleight of hand
jealousy struck the sisters head
the stone fell before the blood could pour
the clear water churned a watery gray

Crying to swim amid choking screams
searching for light in liquid darkness
Trying to fight screaming "Annie"
screaming Annie! Annie!
"Help me!!"

She reached her hand above the surface
and found nothing
but a swan feather
and in an instant
the ripples ceased to trace
leaving only a memory
in it's wake
Somewhere along the Ireland shore

Far away from the Ireland shore
now free to marry her sisters love
the killer found a witch to brew
a potion of poison that captured youth
it wasn't long before blood soaked hands
wore a familiar necklace strand
Soon the wedding began to run
that's when a swan flew out of the sun
with eyes of emerald
holding the branch of a willow
it began to sing a lullaby song

Tears were wept
as the swan did sing
so beautiful and true
like the pied piper
the bumble bee's flew

A golden ring fell from trembling hands
Annie fell next
as the air refused to breathe
for she was allergic to the bumble bee stings
a secret she once told
somewhere along the Ireland shore

the hatred of a sister
still lives in that pond
and when the blue of spring
turns to emerald green
the willows remember their beloved friend
somewhere along
the Ireland shore


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    • SiberianWolf profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric T. Shortridge 

      5 years ago from MidWest

      Hey lilyfly :) thanks so very much... been away for about a week or so... life got busy :(

      always great to see a new face here... thanks so much for your thoughts and time :)

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      Lillian K. Staats 

      5 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska

      I got this one Wolf.

      Traveling home, eagar, I almost missed

      the pond to my left...

      a lone swan- frozen water surrounded her.

      a gentle snow fell, big, soft flakes,

      but it was the death knell for her...;

      She would not leave without her mate.

      Swans mate for life.

      We sped by, but I couldn't ignore

      her stark outline...

      head dipped down,

      as if knowing her fate-

      and I'll never forget that

      what we say is superior thought

      might just be code for


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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. This was so beautiful. Loved it and passing this on. Reminded me of all those lovely Irish songs.

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      5 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Wow..this is such a beautiful poem. The story is just breathtaking. Thanks for sharing this one. Shared and all votes up ward.

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      Fehl Dungo 

      5 years ago from close to you...

      How can I howl BRAVO? hehe I am speechless. I can only howl :)

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Once again, Eric you have amazed me with your beautiful writing. Very well done!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      WOW I applaud you with this poem.. simply a beautiful write and amazingly done.. the tears and hurt I felt with each word on the Ireland shore.

      many blessings



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      Martin Kloess 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      Beautiful. Have you ever heard this?


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