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April 09, 2004

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Virge

"a black swan is by definition a surprise"

This is fine example of the unknown unknown. Had we taken said Wall Street trader to Australia he/she would be astonished, possibly even flummoxed, at how many presumed outliers populated the waterways.

Our native swans are all black (cygnus atratus).

paul haeberli

james was the son of the merrill in merrill-lynch...


The Black Swan
James Merrill

Black on flat water past the jonquil lawns
Riding, the black swan draws
A private chaos warbling in its wake,
Assuming, like a fourth dimension, splendor
That calls the child with white ideas of swans
Nearer to that green lake
Where every paradox means wonder.

Although the black neck arches not unlike
A question mark on the lake,
The swan outlaws all easy questioning:
A thing in itself, equivocal, foreknown,
Like pain, or women singing as we wake;
And the swan song it sings
Is the huge silence of the swan.

Illusion: the black swan knows how to break
Through expection, beak
Aimed now at its own breast, now at its image,
And move across our lives, if the lake is life,
And by the gentlest turning of its neck
transform, in time, time's damage;
To less than a black plume, times grief.

Enchanter: The black swan has learned to enter
Sorrows lost secret center
Where, like a May fete, separate tragedies
Are wound in ribbons round a pole to share
A hollowness, a marrow of pure winter
That does not change but is
Always brilliant ice and air.

Always the black swan moves on the lake. Always
The moment comes to gaze
As the tall emblem pivots and rides out
To the opposite side, always. The blond child on
the bank, hand full of difficult marvels, stays
Now in bliss, now in doubt.
His lips move: I love the black swan.

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