Friday, 23 of June of 2017

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Susan Kelly-DeWitt – Salmon


 
 
 
 
They came up the river like a band of slick
thieves. The water was thick with their leaping.

They climbed together the ladder of rapids,
hurled themselves and scraped their bellies.

The dead ones floated like pickerel weed. Many
fell out of the river of time, littering the rocky

banks, drawing the rats, raccoons and badgers.
They filled like windsocks with death.

We came there. We carried our eyes
and our baggage of witnessing. We carried

our awe like a caudal fin. The willows crept
down to the river’s edge and hung their heads

like sad old men, trailing all their living
silver green leaves, their dusky olive leaves

the color of salmon skin. The beached ones dried
in the sun; they poked like stiff flags from the weeds

and the light passing over them seemed dis-
embodied, preternatural. Somewhere

in the worlds between this one and the dead
river of salmon ghosts, we heard a howling.

O Coho, O Kokanee, O Chinook.

Susan Kelly-DeWitt
March-April 2005 Earth First!


Bill Yake – Feeding, The Whales Of Hecate Strait

roll and roil in the chop where krill & herring
crackle, spat out of the sea in exhilarating
terror – an awful hailstorm of food churning
among sleek whale fuselages that flex,
rise, and slew ecstatically to feast in
mile-long bands
on the blood-ochre
of rising crustacean-clouds.

Lit by the flash of herring,
the humpbacks revel in a
massage of frenzied food;
gulp, sigh and say their
grace and gratitude with grunts,
groans and James Brown hallelujah shouts.

The feast of whales continues as we depart for Rose Harbour where whales like these were once flensed, dismembered, and rendered. Near rusting machinery a small plaque faces the harbor:
 
“IN MEMORY OF THE CHINESE AND JAPANESE
WHO DIED IN THE EMPLOY OF
CONSOLIDATED WHALING
BETWEEN 1925 AND 1941.”


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