by Davide Trame

You spot the swan from the train window
where the lagoon starts, by the mauve brambles,
maybe it has come down the river following the current,
now it’s there, it seems it hardly moves, and scans the air.
You imagine it has been flying, you see
its wings’ majestic span, its cruising
determined and slow, in the blinking light
among the poplars and elms. But you also think
it may have simply drifted paddling as ducks do
along the recesses and curves of the river banks.
Now he can reach the open sea following eddies,
ripples, in the mist and the breeze.
Remember it, you who are afraid of chance,
its needle threading in the tapestries of time,
you who, in your hurry, can’t
finger the sea arc by arc
under the unceasing gaze of the horizon.


Davide Trame is an Italian teacher of English, born and living in Venice, Italy.  
His poems, written exclusively in English since 1993, have been published in
many literary magazines in the United Kingdom, United States, and elsewhere.
Recent publications include
Poetry New Zealand, New Contrast (South Africa),
Nimrod (United States).

On “Swan”:  
The initial hint, as it most of the time happens to me, is an
image at one with a feeling, coming all of a sudden, that seems to contain
the poem as in a seed and that gives me the energy and desire to work and
fight with words and lines for one day or two, sometimes a week. The image
seems to strongly ask me to be faithful to its shape, its “hue” and essence.
The image-feeling comes by itself; I can’t, very unfortunately, do anything
to provoke it; I think I depend on its “randomness.” In this case, the image
was a swan I saw just at the end of the mainland, on the lagoon, one moment
before the Ponte della Libertà starts: the Ponte della Libertà is the four
kilometers bridge connecting Venice with the mainland. I was on the train
going back home from work.

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Apple Valley Review:
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Volume 1, Number 1
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