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This past week, Michael Savage, the Savage of the “Savage Nation” radio show, published a poem on his website.

The teflon swan

The teflon swan spoke. The right-wing fever broke.

Scandals come and scandals go. The vandals sail through the gates.

“Too smooth, too cool to be guilty,” say the ducks as the swan swam on.

 

Savage’s on-air comments made it very clear that the swan is President Obama. After overcoming my shock that such a progressive swan could even have a right wing, (I’d assumed it had been amputated at Columbia, along with the rest of his records,) I rebelled against Savage’s portrayal of cygnus behaviors. “Too cool” is a description that is for the birds; it is as bad as my intended pun. I have responded with a poem of my own—

Swans do not make silky speeches.

They are Loud. Aggressive. Trumpeters.

Trumpeting and Neck-bobbing,

they establish their territory;

Intolerant of competition in their nesting area,

they will kill.

Observed an interval apart,

they convey a sense of peace, an exotic beauty.

Swan sham! It is a ruse.

Affronted, their wings beat a flurry of crosswinds.

Pecking, preying, flapping, fighting

they out-compete the native birds.

Although young cygnets begin life fairly low on the food chain, once the swans mature to flight stage they survive most natural predators. It is not because they are smooth, cool, or admired, however. It is because when they are offended, they flap their wings to make themselves look larger. They peck and bite, their long necks giving them the advantage of extended reach. Swans are such defensive fighters that many golf courses will buy a pair of swans for their water hazards simply to help keep the Canadian geese away.
Perhaps Dr. Savage was showing how those who heard the speeches were so mesmerized they’d ‘duck’ their duty. That is a possibility. But I am inclined to believe the swan swims on because of intimidation most fowl.

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Source links
Swan Song (2010) Thumbnail of painting by Rachel Rolseth, http://rachelrolseth.com/
The Teflon Swan (2013) Poem by Michael Savage, http://www.michaelsavage.wnd.com/2013/05/the-teflon-swan/
Research on swan behavior:
Metroparks Zoo, http://www.clemetzoo.com/rttw/swan/behavior.htm
Newton, http://www.newton.dep.anl.gov/askasci/zoo00/zoo00240.htm

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