Jack & Rose by Hannah Siden

Poem title: Jack & Rose
Poet name: Hannah Siden

Poem: I named them Jack & Rose 
And they were the most romantic, glamorous geese
This side of the neighbourhood

They weren’t really supposed to be here, everyone
Commented, but look how adorable they are
Two little beaks against the world

Curled side by side on the manicured lawn 
By the neighbours’ turquoise beach chairs 
Like they were on their honeymoon

I described their epic love story to my boyfriend
Did you know swans mate for life? 
I know Jack & Rose are also together forever

Yesterday I found Jack alone, curled on the grass
Looking too small without Rose

Today I saw Jack wandering too close to the street
Looking for something over and over again

Today I saw Jack standing in the street
Not moving when a car grazed his wing

I stopped and stared 
My heart with his, lonely on the meridian 

You jinxed it by naming them Jack & Rose, says my sister
There are coyotes in the neighbourhood, you know, says my dad

My boyfriend just looks sad, like maybe they had been our
Good luck charm after a shit year

I hope Jack hangs in there
I guess I knew that life is almost never fair
And yet – I had remembered the violins, the dancing, but somehow

Had managed to forget how The Titanic actually ends  
End of poem. 
Credits and bio: Copyright © Hannah Siden

Previously published in Sledgehammer Lit, 2021. 

Hannah is a writer and filmmaker living on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations (Vancouver, BC). Find her on Twitter @hannah_siden or at hannahsiden.com