THE SWAN

This laboring of ours with all that remains undone,
as if still bound to it,
is like the lumbering gait of the swan.

And then our dying — releasing ourselves
from the very ground on which we stood —
is like the way he hesitantly lowers himself

into the water. It gently receives him,
and, gladly yielding, flows back beneath him,
as wave follows wave,
while he, now wholly serene and sure,
with regal composure,
allows himself to glide.

Published by Miss Abdallah

Cynthia Abdallah grew up in Kenya. She is the author of the poetry chapbooks, 'My six little fears' released on Sep 18, 2020, The Author's Feet released on Dec 5, 2021, and The Musunzu tree and other stories collection released in May 2021. Her work has appeared in numerous online magazines and in print. (Poems: in The Tokyo Poetry Journal-Japan, Kwani Uchaguzi edition 8-Kenya, Ake review, Quailbell Magazine-USA, Bodies, and Scars anthology by Ghana Literary Journal. Short stories: Kalahari Review-Kenya, Nalubaale Review -Uganda, Active Muse-India) Cynthia also sometimes contributes to the Life and Style section of the Nation newspaper.

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