Swan and Shadow
Dusk Above the water hang the loud flies Here O so gray then What A pale signal will appear When Soon before its shadow fades Where Here in this pool of opened eye In us No upon us at the very edges of where we take shape in the dark air this object bares its image awakening ripples of recognition that will brush darkness up into light
even after this bird this hour both drift by atop the perfect sad instant now
already passing out of sight toward yet-untroubled reflection this image bears its object darkening into memorial shades Scattered bits of Light No of water Or something across water Breaking up No Being regathered Soon Yet by then a swan will have gone Yes out of mind into what vast pale hush of a place past sudden dark as if a swan sang
Source: Poetry Foundation (Poetry Magazine, digital edition; December 1966).