Simon Williams

Of Sounds and Silences

Despite the name,
mute swans sound off;
they hiss when woken early
(don’t we all),

they grunt when courting
(don’t we all)
and when they hinge
their Odette wings,

draw their feet up
to escape the ground,
their pinions squeak
on each, vast stroke.

When they head off
following their inbuilt GPS,
when their Vs and Ws
cross the curved horizon,

you almost think you hear
a song drift back on the breeze,
perhaps the last tale
of Scheherazade.

Simon was born in London, grew up in the home counties and trained as a production engineer, gaining a degree from Loughborough University. In 1979 he married fellow poet Susan Taylor. They live in a hamlet on the southern edge of Dartmoor.