The swans of Galway, alabaster white,
where stony river joins with Galway Bay,
divide the water silently at night
performing in a starlit half-ballet.
I like to walk the city by streetlight
and stop to think above the Claddaugh Quay
where cobbled-quiet and their muted sight
can wonder-stop my thoughts about the day:
Arrayed in pristine white, the dancers glide,
glissade beneath the bridge with moonlit wings;
demure, their heads dip softly left and right
as if they hear some music they provide.
But, when the morning heralds start to sing
I leave my swans and Galway for the night.
Kate McNew is a bird-loving, boot-wearing, coffee-craving girl who makes a living as a high school English teacher. She will graduate from JHU with a Masters in Writing in Poetry this December and hopes to one day make a living writing YA and children’s books.