A sparkle constellation frames a swan,
galactic fledglings, scintillating spawn.
When offspring sparkles disappear, the swan
appears concerned: where have they all gone?
Sunbathing turtles may have helpful tips
for the swan that’s searching, taking sips.
The group of turtles in noon sunshine basks
while others go about their quests and tasks.
As though an ostrich with its head in sand, a swan,
with face immersed, can seem morose, withdrawn.
While sparkles on the pond remain unseen,
the swan looks regal, mirrored, and serene.
Offspring that got lost return to view:
the swan rejoins her sparkle retinue.
Mario A. Pita