The Beautiful Rower


The Beautiful Rower

Swans floated, looking perplexed.
Cormorants stood
Skeptical watch atop pilings.
Seagulls laughed
At the “ugly duckling”
Rower trying
To be one of them?

Philip Kuepper
(September 2011)

Reading this poem, I cannot help thinking of Bobby Pearce (seen on top) and his encounter with some ducks in one of his heats in the single sculls at the 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam. Read that story here.

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