A Way of Looking at a Swan

Wear this poem,
like a heart on your sleeve!
I, too, wear it as a token of affection and gratitude
to let the world know
that I love.

To love you is to walk in love,
a promise of unfailing double beauty.
At cockcrow and twilight
I tiptoe along the lake
like a lunatic.

An obsession seems an infatuation
romanticised to impress,
but we both know
I need you.

Oh, you enchantment!
Where do you hide?
Was ours a summer fling never to hold?

I search high and low, but in vain.
Your silence overwhelms,
for you came trumpeting
in spring.

Forget the grace,
beauty is not hard to find
but the air you breathe and release
for my sustenance.

Show me true love
to break a hardened soul;
a devotee demands a commitment.

In broad daylight,
you strut self-assured,
unapologetic for your crimes
and all come to a halt—

Beauty presses upon my heart
and I bring the matter to open court,
for ours is a requited love.
On my sleeve,
I wear my heart.

Two swans on the lake

ps: Yesterday, August 26th, was Finland’s Nature Day. Since the swan is the country’s national bird, and my muse of sorts, I thought it fitting to close summer by shining a spotlight on this majestic bird.

Happy Sunday! Hope you enjoy what is left of summer. ♥

Khaya Ronkainen
Khaya Ronkainen is a writer, poet and creative professional. Her blog focuses on all things poetry and creative nonfiction.


  1. “Oh, you enchantment!
    Where do you hide?
    Was ours a summer fling never to hold?”
    (written straight from the heart of someone who was stuck convalescing after surgery)
    Your affinity with Swans is many layered – I appreciate the nuances.
    Here’s for a great ‘catch up’ summer, Khaya.

  2. “Show me true love
    to break a hardened soul”

    I’m in love with those two lines. So much it’s implied about relationships, about the power of love, about hope even after life has petrified the hope muscle… This is wonderful.

  3. Happy belated Nature Day in Finland Khaya! Your poem paying tribute to your National Bird is so warm and beautiful my sweet friend. Loved it and hope you enjoyed the day’s celebration! 🥰🦢😊

  4. Khaya, how wonderful that Finland has a National Nature Day and I think all countries should adopt this.

    Your poem reaches into the very inner being of the swan, catching its inner thoughts beautifully, the emotional turmoil reflected in your words – words that spread along the water and touch the souls of the readers. A beautiful ode to the majestic swan, to life!

    Hope you are recovering well and wishing you a wonderful rest of the summer. hugs xx ❤️

  5. Laura, you are a mind reader! 🙂 Seriously, you have a gift / he(art) of seeing beyond the surface and pick up on the nuances. Thank you, I appreciate you.

  6. Maga, I love that you love these lines. I also love that we can continue to hold on to hope; it keep us going. Here’s to the power of love, and hoping…!

  7. This poem started as something else but came back to shine a spotlight on this bird. 🙂 Thank you, my friend. I’m so glad you like it.

  8. It’s a new addition to the many flag days we celebrate here. 🙂 But of course, as a nature love, I love the idea so much.

    Annika, your beautiful and kind comment touches me deeply. Thank you so so much. Sending big HUGS your way, too! <3 <3

  9. What a fabulous poem! There is so much to love about this but the opening— it had me from the word go. ♥

  10. I’m happy I found you. This is not accurate. I am glad that I found your words in the virtual sea and this wise, tactful and accurate poem. I visit your site when I want to read a beautiful prayer about your soul.

  11. It is a beautiful poem, Khaya. I did not know the swam was Finland’s national bird.

    I hope the rest of summer has been good to you, and that autumn is unfolding into all you wish it to be.

  12. I’m glad you liked the poem Lavinia, thank you. And yes I managed to enjoy a bit of summer, but it was so short that I feel like I need another summer… 🙂 As for autumn, we’ll see how the season keeps unfolding; so far, so good.

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