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salmon shall run no more

bears shall sit their haunches

eddies shall pass them by

they shall fish no more

 

once rounded belly-fat

once sleekly-coated

they shall gaunten like a feral cat

 

that elephant arise

dies

in the full blast of his hyena sunrise

 

sparrow at the bullfight

on that blade, dragonfly, alight.

 

the black dog took her blue death in stun-brown texas

 

the breach dolphin navy-grey took her final chosen exhale

into the ship’s screw, the whale

 

hers are hackles in the twister there

she snaps,

she sails,

her teeth bare

 

that bamboo refused the stand upright

relief in the voices of birds and bees who no longer alight

 

the pull

so glacier

the rot

so quiet