The Testimony Given to the Court Remains Ambiguous
Like a milkmaid, Leda curves
into the avid swan, her sheer
rain of drapery spilling
into cloud. She looks grim
about her business. What
the swan is whispering,
blandishments or threats,
escapes us. Perhaps
Zeus worries about comparisons
to swains, fearing he’ll come
off poorly with his primitive cloaca.
He presses his other
points upon her. Above, horses, dogs,
a girl model shock,
the world holding more possibilities
than they were told of.
This poem was written in response to the surprise ekphrastic poetry challenge on birds.
Devon Balwit teaches in Portland, OR. She has six chapbooks and two collections out or forthcoming, among them: We are Procession, Seismograph (Nixes Mate Books), Risk Being/Complicated (A collaboration with Canadian artist Lorette C. Luzajic); and Motes at Play in the Halls of Light (Kelsay Books). Her individual poems can be found here in The Ekphrastic Review as well as in The Cincinnati Review, The Carolina Quarterly, Fifth Wednesday, the Aeolian Harp Folio, Red Earth Review, The Fourth River, The Free State Review, Red Paint Hill, Peacock Journal, and more.
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