The Whitley Pump

The view from Katesgrove Hill

John Dearing’s Poetry Corner: Lines to a Cygnet

Swan and Cygnets


You do not know that you are beautiful,
For when a human being bends its head
Towards the water, instinct tells you bread
Will soon be cast, and you look up in hope.
I have no bread, though gladly I would give.
Myopic as I am, I only seek
To scan your purity and graceful poise.
Older and prouder, and a heart less pure
Cloaked by your adult whiteness, you will find
The power you have to captivate Mankind.



  1. John Dearing at the Whitley Pump
  2. In Grateful Memory, John Dearing’s new booklet about the monuments and inscriptions in St Mary’s Episcopal Chapel

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  1. Really enjoy Mr Dearing’s style of poetry.

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