Swans on the Union Canal

Swans on the Union Canal

It’s after dark as I turn
           into the footpath alongside
the Grand Union Canal
           up by Ladbroke Grove

Across the other side
           of the canal runs
the boundary wall
           of Kensal Green cemetery
all quiet and peaceful
           there !

Then on the canal surface
           I notice five white swans
in a huddle and asleep
           their long necks totally relaxed
hanging down across their bodies
           deep into the water
as if they hadn’t a care
           in the world

John Lyons


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