A Mouth Full Of Feathers (Etheree)

by Ben Pickard   Feb 7, 2019

used to
slide the arch
of a swan's neck
so gracefully, and
condense on my lips with
a delicacy only
an angel could ever assume,
but the swan's neck snapped and now she has
evaporated from my mouth for good


Ben Pickard 2019


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  • 1 year ago

    by Adreamer

    You make this format seem so effortless (and I KNOW it's not!) Well penned. I especially love the ease and flow from one line to another. Thank you.

  • 1 year ago

    by Maple Tree

    This is so beautiful and powerful <3

  • 1 year ago


    Hey Ben, Etheree is way too much for me! Just when I thought you had maxed out in your types of poems, you throw a strikeout curve ball. All the beautiful lines of the swan overshadow the Etheree style, but, together, bring a beautiful masterpiece, well done.
    Added to my Favorites!

    • 1 year ago

      by Ben Pickard

      Thanks so much, Ken. You should give the form a try, it's a lot of fun and not too difficult.

  • 1 year ago

    by C Cattaway

    Beautiful x

  • 1 year ago

    by Poet on the Piano

    Ahh, I'm sure I'm not the only one who received shivers reading this. I agree about the gentle tone you set, the gracefulness you convey, then the harsh imagery. The sudden image (and imagined sound) of the swan's neck snapping, and the sadness I felt with that last line just sticks with the reader.
    Something so delicate, so intimate, now lost or tainted. Now no longer bestowing such a presence, a gift.

    • 1 year ago

      by Ben Pickard

      Your comments are always so perceptive, MA. Thank you.

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