The youngest swan

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Tallulah Cunningham

When we hear the story of The Seven Swan Princes it generally tails off with a happily ever after for the sister, her prince and three soms.But what of  youngest brother? The one that had one wing remain untransformed. That was the visible part, but I often wonder what would remain of the swan within.In my depiction here his wing is a little tatty as he can't preen properly and draws near a moult.. The six swans are from the fowl yard nearby, not related, but they and the thistles they bear, represent his siblings and the curse, the crown his sister who kept her form but not her voice for seven years, seven months, seven days, seven hours, six minutes.As a landbound species I think we oft see flight as The Ultimate Freedom. And wif one had had that... then lost if, had been eager to return to human form, forgetting, until it was lost, something we can never truely have - the sky. Poor lad, folly-fraught and ever with the wind tugging at his sleeve. I believe he goes south every winter, afoot or astride, following the geese as best he can.

Published More than a year ago

Category Fantasy

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