This Comment Deserves its Own Post – An Ode to the Swans

Surely this Comment by Jude, to my article Swans v Giants, deserves to be shared!


SWANZ denotes the Swans – birds.
SWANZ collides with a bird – deceased bird
Swans tragic to fly (like a bird) to view more birds (crows??)
Swans tragic known to husband as: ‘chickadee’
Mandatory thrashing and killing of birds this year – hawks
More birds to thrash and kill every year – magpies
Birds that fly in from the west that must then fly home defeated – eagles

Swans tragic has eagle eye for swans’ manoeuvres
Even though the chickens are counted before they hatch.
Then again, madder as wet hens are these Sydney-siders.
Who think a bird in the hand is worth two in the batch!

But what’s good for the goose is good for the gander
And is, for sure, something worth crowing about!
Birds kicking a pigskin? There is nothing grander
But being wise as owls? Leaves nothing but doubt!

Just as one swallow does not make a summer
Killing two birds with a stone is even glummer!
The swans approach their footy like ducks to water
And pretend to be geese when they get to September
Pushing pushing pushing to lay that egg so golden
Hardly light as a feather, but one to be beholden!!

About Jan Courtin

A Bloods tragic since first game at Lake Oval in 1948. Moved interstate to Sydney to be closer to beloved Swans in 1998. My book "My Lifelong Love Affair with the Swans" was launched by the Swans at their headquarters at the SCG in August 2016.


  1. Jude!
    Thanks for your clever and funny verses – very relevant to Jan’s article. Maybe the bird was a sacrifice to the footy gods, to get a good win, although Jan seem to be too upset see it that way. .

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