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


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