Posted by: mdmusingsie | February 26, 2013

Forbidden Love

Except for devout animal lovers, most people probably think humans have very little in common with animals.  Sure, we all eat, sleep, and procreate; but what about emotions and thought process?

I found myself in St. Stephens Green last weekend, looking to feed my weary soul with a bit of tranquility only nature (or music) can provide.

As my stroll took me past the pond, onto the fairy bridge, I spied a pair of cygnets facing each other, beaks intermittently touching, forming the heart shape that two swan necks create so naturally.  Swans generally mate for life, so such poignant moments are a beauty to behold.

The two were quietly enjoying each other’s company, oblivious to the world around them. Although I had thought the cygnets would be all white by now, they still had a swash of brown feathers across the backs of their wings.

An adult swan began moving quickly in their direction from across the pond.  Initially, I assumed the other swan was heading towards a young girl on the bank who was throwing bits of bread into the water.  Instead, it made a bee-line for the couple, nipping one in the tail-feathers.  It continued to nip at the young swan, forcing the lovers apart.

After the break up, one by one, the trio and a few others made their way under the bridge and into a copse on the other side.  The two young ones tried again for intimacy, but were nipped apart by the persistent parent.

What did the parent see in their child’s partner that made the match unsuitable? Pedigree?  Ability to provide?  Something we couldn’t garner in appearance? Or the generic, “You’re just not good enough for my child?”

Whatever the reason, it certainly resembled a situation frequently enacted by humans.  The same desire to want only the best for our children, but eventually having to let them lead their own lives, make their own mistakes, hopefully learn in the process, and if they’re lucky, find true love.

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