there are swan-goddesses, swan-gods,
swan-princesses, swan-maidens, swan-wives, and
maidens transform into their counter-roles
the setting/rising of the sun.
captured or courted into becoming
lover or wife,
having once been habitats of the water: immortal world, apart from humans.
in the end what is made will be lost—the boy will watch the last currents
in his mother’s wake at dawn.