person Stephen C Middleton, one poem

Stephen C. Middleton is a writer working in London, England. He has had five books published, including A Brave Light (Stride) and Worlds of Pain / Shades of Grace (Poetry Salzburg). He has been in several anthologies, including Paging Doctor Jazz (Shoestring), From Hepworth’s Garden Out (Shearsman, 2010), & Yesterday’s Music Today (Knives Forks And Spoons, 2015). For several years he was editor of Ostinato, a magazine of jazz and jazz related poetry, and The Tenormen Press.  He is currently working on projects (prose and poetry) relating to jazz, blues, politics, outsider (folk) art, mountain environments, and long-term illness.

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Mourning Swans

In Blind Boy Fuller’s blues lyric
It’s a “weeping willow / and a mourning dove”

My churning mind
Must have been confused

In my dream
In sad but strict formation
It was swans that mourned
Wept too, but kept the pattern
To say farewell
To their lost love.

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