My Father as a Swan
The phone rang before dawn –
giving me every detail that she could,
when it had happened,
what he had looked like,
what he had said
or might have said
if her hearing had only been better,
if only his voice had been stronger.
Later I watched as the morning, layer by layer,
lifted its pale hems, then
a white speck on the horizon
like a sail approaching
became a swan,
alone across rooftops,
its whole demeanour uncertain
as if blown off course, as if
even its destination were unknown.
It was not my father of course, and yet
I wished it
a safe, safe passage
as it cleared the eaves of our house.
Sam Garvan has work published / forthcoming
in anthologies and journals including, most
recently, The French Literary Review, Ink, Sweat
& Tears, Impossible Archetype, and Black Bough.
He has a Ph.D. from London University and
works for a London beekeeper.