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Date: 1 February 2013
I am university student taking an English course; there was talk about the symbol of the black swan. Lorna Crozier has suggested in her famous poem that there is a black swan in Stanley park.
Is this true! because I would love to be on the look out for such a rare sight. Here is the poem, in case you were interested!
Forms of Innocence
by Lorna Crozier
The girl can tell you exactly
where and when her innocence
how it soared from the window
beating its wings
high above the stubble field.
A strange shape for innocence
when you think of Leda
but this girl insists
it was a swan, black
not white as you might expect.
From its head no bigger than her fist
a beak blossomed red as if wings
pumped blood up the long neck
to where the bird split the sky.
She watched this through the windshield,
lying on her back, the boy's breath
breaking above her in waves, the swan's
dark flight across the snow so beautiful
she groaned and the boy groaned with her,
not understanding the sound she made.
When she tells this story now, she says
though it was winter, she knows the swan
made it all the way to Stanley Park,
a place she's never been, just seen
in the room where no one
ever touches anything
in the book her mother keeps
open on the coffee table,
one black swan swimming
endless circles among the white.
Messages In This Thread
- Do we have a black swans in Stanley Park, as suggested by Lorna Crozier in her poem? -- Nick -- 1 February 2013
- Re: Do we have a black swans in Stanley Park, as suggested by Lorna Crozier in her poem? -- Fiona Sinclair, Swan Volunteer at Lost Lagoon -- 1 February 2013