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Stream

Fiona Tinwei Lam
From:  Geist Magazine's 6th annual Geist Literal Literary Postcard Story Contest, second prize winner



The air redolent of rot and bear scat
as we pick and clamber our way upstream.
Boots slip against the shifting pebbles through
the stew of fish shreds, milt, dams of waylaid,
bloated chum clotted with maggots. Highways
of still spawning pinks, their slick black bodies
half out of the shallows, collide, slide back,
flail past. Beneath a submerged trunk of spruce,
a cauldron teems with hundreds of salmon
at journey's end, stream to ocean to stream,
churning and swirling, the way we churn, swirl,
colliding into our biology.
Year after year, our striving and failing
to love or hold love, or even arrive.

Fiona Tinwei Lam's works copyright © to the author.


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