Sockeye

Sockeye

Oh splendorous sockeye!
how can I replace
your red flesh offerings,
your salty silver scales?
How can I dance
to your memory?
The memory I hold in my cells,
the memory I hold in my skin,
the memory I hold in my wildness,
the part of me that is not human,
the part of me that is fish.

Oh splendorous sockeye!
I sit at the table
of a bountiful ocean,
knowing the fasting has begun,
knowing you are more than food
A family within a family,
that humankind cannot replenish.

Sorry sockeye
Sorry tree
Sorry mountain
Sorry meadow
Sorry wolf
Sorry frog
Sorry bear
Sorry otter
Sorry eagle
Sorry forest floor
Sorry canopy
Sorry fungi
Sorry sapling
Sorry fern
Sorry moss
Sorry lichen
Sorry sun
Sorry stream
Sorry lake
Sorry ocean
Sorry kelp
Sorry seal
Sorry orca
Sorry air
Sorry wind
Sorry sky
Sorry clouds
Sorry stars
Sorry moon
Sorry parents
Sorry grandparents
Sorry ancestors
Sorry children

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