Shopping Cart

Your shopping cart is empty

Visit the shop

The Swan

The Swan

Did you too see it‭, ‬drifting‭, ‬all night‭, ‬on the black river‭?‬
Did you see it in the morning‭, ‬rising into the silvery air‭ -‬
An armful of white blossoms‭,‬
A perfect commotion of silk and linen as it leaned
into the bondage of its wings‭; ‬a snowbank‭, ‬a bank of lilies‭,‬
Biting the air with its black beak‭?‬
Did you hear it‭, ‬fluting and whistling
A shrill dark music‭ - ‬like the rain pelting the trees‭ - ‬like a waterfall
Knifing down the black ledges‭?‬
And did you see it‭, ‬finally‭, ‬just under the clouds‭ -‬
A white cross Streaming across the sky‭, ‬its feet
Like black leaves‭, ‬its wings Like the stretching light of the river‭?‬
And did you feel it‭, ‬in your heart‭, ‬how it pertained to everything‭?‬
And have you too finally figured out what beauty is for‭?‬
And have you changed your life‭?‬
                                                        Mary Oliver


The swan drifts on a dark river‭. ‬In the morning it flies‭. ‬The poet describes a profound moment of beauty that changes‭ ‬her forever‭. ‬She asks the existential question‭ ‬’And have you changed your life‭?‬‭’ ‬She is reclusive American poet‭; ‬Pulitzer winner‭, ‬feminist writer Mary Oliver‭. ‬Her work is considered ecstatic and transformational‭. ‬

This little swan has come to me from far away‭... ‬found in a box of discards at an English market‭. ‬ She is slightly damaged but delightful‭. ‬How could‭ ‬anyone throw her away‭? ‬She stretches her wings to fly‭. ‬Her scuffed pewter plumage longs to be silk‭ & ‬linen‭, ‬a snowbank‭, a field of ‬white blossoms, pearls‭. ‬ She will get there one day. ‬Hidden pearl beads dangle at the nape of the neck ...a quiet reminder of beauty. ‬ A tiny silver heart‭ ‬is stamped with a‭ ‬C‭ ‬for Compatior‭ (‬Latin for Compassion‭). ‬  A token of love‭.‬


Vintage pewter swan pin‭ (‬Norwich‭, ‬UK‭), ‬vintage pewter salt shaker lid (altered)‭, ‬Resin, Vintage faux pearl and diamante closure‭, ‬ Vintage‭ ‬steel chain, ‬attachments hammered from raw steel, found steel ‘c’ heart 


This piece has been sold.