gone pissin'

Fish of the Day
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June 22, 2000

Old folks and school kids on field trips, tourists speaking no English, all have come to watch the fish. Only one in a thousand makes it from egg to ocean and back upstream to spawn. A single king among the sockeye, too early in the season but it's his last chance. He's tired. Younger, sleeker fish wriggle past as he holds the line, never moving forward an inch the whole time. I overhear an old man say, "I could never be a salmon."

But so far he's survived.
Just another rung
                        on the ladder.