Tuesday, November 20, 2012

I Write Fish Home





I write fish home,
knowing their journey perilous,
pebbled with the danger of maw and man.

I write them home
to creek and stream,
to bear and net,
 to spawn again.

I write them home
to complete the cycle,
to nurture instinct,
and to validate visions
held by ancestors
worried in graves
unmarked by man’s eager hand.

I write them home because someone must
and because song is insufficient.

I write them home,
to turn toward the sun
and say I have done my part.

I write fish home. 

copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2012


posted for Dverse

25 comments:

  1. Such a perilous journey they make to go home too and, so many don't make it either.
    Gorgeous imagery Audrey. The bear, the net, ancestors in unmarked graves. Wonderful.

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  2. I like the idea of writing (them) home...

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  3. love the idea of writing them home..this is just so caring and beautiful...

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    1. Thank you Claudia--best to you and your husband in his surgery

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  4. smiles...and in that we find your heart...wanting them to reach home...it is a perilous journey they take to get there....but write them home...smiles.

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    1. I think you are right Brian--I am feeling like I am finding my way home these days

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  5. I like this, Audrey. Someone has to take the side of the salmon. You did it well...with caring and empathy. Truly they have a rough journey!

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  6. Nice...to follow something through, the full story.

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  7. Such an interesting notion. Fish need all the help they can get. This is very cleverly done. k.

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  8. I really like the respect you are giving to others here--it shows a reverence for life--all life--and our planet.

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  9. I have seen the salmon in Alaska jump! I am so happy you are helping them find their way ;D
    Fun to read~

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  10. Very nice rhythm to this, almost incantatory, with the initial repetition. Sympathetic magic at its finest.

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  11. I love the repetition, I hope it works, throbs, repeats world round:
    "to validate visions
    held by ancestors
    worried in graves
    unmarked by man’s eager hand."
    (And others will sing.)

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  12. I love this... what a wonderful, beautiful notion.

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  13. Perhaps you write them home because we must be reminded by retelling that we must go on~finish our cycle, no matter the peril.
    Just the way it is
    Beautiful tale, Audrey

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  14. This is bold and beautiful- great job!

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  15. Beautiful. I love the imagery. Salmon have such a difficult journey and I forget the statistic, but a grim number make it home compared to what actually start out. You captured that difficult journey beautifully with your words. Nice!

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  16. how exquisite and full of compassion Audrey. I do hope you will find a little time to stop by and view the gratitude quilt tomorrow or some time over the weekend.

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  17. Beautiful wordings, Audrey.

    Happy Thanksgiving and am thankful to have found a friend via HP and now blogging :)

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  18. Nice job, Audrey. I enjoyed this piece very much.

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