To See You Fly [poem] by Laurie Kolp

An appliqué luminous,
the white I see
a wish for independence
amid your heavy lids.

Unfettered breath,
patience gleaned from me,
a yearning
stitched with feathers
of a swan.

I pray you escape
on smocking wings
the drifts of muck
that bind dusk to dawn.

Come with me.



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[Refer: This poem refers to Robin Turner’s poem “For the Swan at White Rock.”]

 Laurie Kolp is an award-winning poet with numerous publications, some of which include Poets & Artists (GOSS183 Publishing Group), Writer’s Digest, Diane Lockward’s The Crafty Poet, cho, Miller’s Pond, The Fib Review; forthcoming in Pirene’s Fountain and Blue Fifth Review. Her first full-length poetry collection is Upon the Blue Couch. Her website is

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