Under the lily shadow
and the gold
and the blue and mauve
that the whin and the lilac
pour down on the water,
the fishes quiver.
Over the green cold leaves
and the rippled silver
and the tarnished copper
of its neck and beak,
toward the deep black water
beneath the arches,
the swan floats slowly.
Into the dark of the arch the swan floats
and into the black depth of my sorrow
it bears a white rose of flame.
This poem is in the public domain.
F. S. Flint
F. S. Flint was born in London, England, on December 19, 1885. He grew up in poverty and finished his formal education at age thirteen. In 1904, he began a career in civil service as a typist, and in 1908, he began writing reviews and articles for the literary journal New Age.
Flint was the author of three poetry collections: Otherword, Cadences (Poetry Bookshop, 1920), Cadences (Poetry Bookshop, 1915), and In the Net of Stars (E. Matthews, 1909).
A leading member of the Imagist movement, he was closely associated with H. D., T. E. Hulme, and Ezra Pound. In 1913, he published a note on “Imagisme” in Poetry, writing, “The imagistes admitted that they were contemporaries of the Post Impressionists and the Futurists; but they had nothing in common with these schools. They had not published a manifesto. They were not a revolutionary school; their only endeavor was to write in accordance with the best tradition….”
Flint was also a translator of French poetry, including The Love Poems of Emile Verhaeren (Houghton Mifflin, 1917), and was known for his literary criticism, which he published in Criterion, The Egoist, and other literary magazines.
He worked at the Ministry of Labour from 1919 to 1951. He died in Berkshire, England, on February 28, 1960.
Otherworld, Cadences (Poetry Bookshop, 1920)
Cadences (Poetry Bookshop, 1915)
In the Net of the Stars (E. Matthews, 1909)
Date Published: 2017-08-14
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/swan