Monday, August 7, 2017

Homeward Bound Salmon

Homeward Bound

The salmon run—
Hoped for slippery salmon
Silver, Chinook, pink, pinook
Swift to escape net and hook…
Slick swift silver salmon streak
Upstream from Lake Michigan
They find their bed in the river
Where they were new born
with yolk sacks bulging their bellies.

Now mature they leap and flash
Colors of auroras high above them
They leap and splash
past hooks and nets and whirling blades
of boat motors…
homeward bound salmon
to spend it all
their eggs and milt.

                    --Barbara Spring

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