After nearly a year’s absence the swans reappeared in their original place in Horsham’s shopping centre, but on a ‘temporary’, waterless plinth.
I see the Swan Walk swans are back,
A sight-for-sore-eyes sight.
But something’s missing from the scene –
There’s something not quite right.
The other day, they seemed distraught.
Today, they seemed distraughter:
“We’re coming in to land,” they cried,
“Please give us back our water!”
[The shopping centre’s management heard their anguished cries, but considered that the best way to prevent the birds harming themselves was to remove the entire sculpture. After a long absence and a public outcry, the swans returned, but something was still missing. . . (see Promises).]