Returning Swans

Tandem swans soaring in perfect unison,

wings arced wide and assured,

embracing the air.

Aerodynamic wonders no team of engineers could ever replicate,

understand but never replicate with their

lift, glide, drag and feathering.

In final decent, the couple gently float

downward in a controlled glide,

long slender necks as rudders.

Side by side, they approach the glassy surface of the lake.

So slowly,

as if they might at any point, stop and just hover there,

or maybe vanish like a dream.