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Sven
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0 posted 11-26-1999 03:23 PM       View Profile for Sven   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Sven

Someone told me once that swans, although beautiful and graceful on the surface of the water, have to work a lot under the water to show us that beauty. . . that they hide all the work, the pain that they must go through to appear that way to us.

Little did I realize that this metaphor applies to all of us. . . we hide our pain and put forth our best face to the world. . . is this right?

Sven


The swan glides across the lake of life
Her grace amazes us all
Her beauty enchants us
Her smile makes us happy

But beneath the beauty
There lies a secret
We know not that the swan must
Work to show us this beauty

She hides much. . .
Pain, sorrow, lost love
She puts forth the face of beauty
To hide a life unlived

Swim on gentle swan
For we feel your pain
We will send you our love
So that you may fly again

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That which gives light must endure burning
--Victor Frankl

© Copyright 1999 John Garcia - All Rights Reserved
hoot_owl_rn
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1 posted 11-26-1999 03:40 PM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

I am truly touched by this one. Yes, I think we all hide our own pain at times to allow the beauty others see in us shine through. Thanks for the wonderful post.
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2 posted 11-26-1999 05:47 PM       View Profile for Isis   Email Isis   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Isis's Home Page   View IP for Isis

Wonderful indeed Sven, yes we are like the swans aren't we?

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The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there IS to celebrate.
~Isis~
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3 posted 11-26-1999 08:14 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

You've touched on one of my favorite topics here - I'm fortunate enough to be surrounded by these gorgeous creatures - I'll tell you this - They don't trust easily, and they do hide behind an impervious facade - but when they do learn to trust you, you'll have a glorious life-long friend in them, indeed...

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4 posted 11-26-1999 09:20 PM       View Profile for Alwye   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alwye

I too am touched by this..perhaps the pain we suffer and live through is truly what makes us, and the swans beautiful...

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*Krista Knutson*

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5 posted 11-26-1999 09:34 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Your poem has made me think of this...Swans mate for life. In LA there is a wooden boat made to look like a swan--it glides in a small lake in the middle of the city. A real swan has fallen in love with it and swims beside it, a mate in heart only.

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6 posted 11-26-1999 09:43 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Sven,
A lovely poem enjoyed the read.
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Lovely, indeed, as graceful as a swan!

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Denise

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8 posted 11-29-1999 08:51 AM       View Profile for Sven   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sven

Thank you my friends. . .

Perhaps what Alwye said about "pain making us beautiful" is true. . . without knowing pain and sorrow, we cannot know true beauty. . . words to think about. . .

And the example that Martie has given about the swan and the swan boat is also something to consider. . . do swans give their heart willingly? Perhaps. . . perhaps not. . .

Sven

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--Victor Frankl

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Lovely!!

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A soul that writes from the heart and shares it, truly gives a gift extraordinaire!

Elizabeth Santos
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10 posted 11-29-1999 09:26 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Sven
Never had the thought occurred
To so behold this lovely bird
But next time one comes into view
I surely will then think of you

Very lovely
Elizabeth
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11 posted 11-29-1999 02:30 PM       View Profile for Ohme   Email Ohme   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Ohme

You describe me perfectly. I don't think I'm the only one who does it.
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