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SELF PORTRAIT AS TEENAGED BOY BEATING SWAN
 by Colleen Abel

Sometimes you have enough-- the cob, the pen twining their necks to hearts, all that fidelity. The dank pond by the council flats, like it’s bloody Windermere. You only wanted to wreck that love-shape they were making.

Sometimes you have enough–
the cob, the pen twining

their necks to hearts,
all that fidelity.

The dank pond by the council
flats, like it’s bloody Windermere.

You only wanted to wreck
that love-shape they were making.

After, you sat, sad Zeus, and held
the one you’d caught,

stroking its feathered throat
as if to make it sing.

 

 

 

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About Colleen Abel

Colleen Abel
Colleen Abel is the author of Housewifery, a chapbook. A former Diane Middlebrook Poetry Fellow at UW-Madison’s Institute for Creative Writing, her work has appeared in venues such as The Southern Review, West Branch, Notre Dame Review, Mid-American Review, Rhino, Cimarron Review, The Journal, Ploughshares’ blog and elsewhere. She is currently the Joan Beebe Graduate Teaching Fellow at Warren Wilson College.