The Salmon’s Tale

I bring life.
I bring life in my death.
Growing from egg to fry to smolt and out to sea.
Then I return.
Beckoned back to my natal stream.
I bring life.
In my death.
I feed marine predators.
Raptors.
Land mammals.
And you.
I feed you.
I provide your sustenance.
Your vocation.
Your fate and mine are forever intertwined.
I am compelled back to the place of my birth.
You are compelled to follow me there.
And if I make it back to spawn, I die and ultimately feed future generations.
Yours.
And mine.
I bring life.
I bring life in my death.

I share this on Alaska Wild Salmon Day.  It is one of a trilogy of writings I call Nature Speaks.  The resources provide, and will continue to if we honor and protect them.

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