The Pacific Salmon

The Pacific Salmon


The Pacific salmon fry swims down its natal stream

and into the ocean

where, over some years, it grows to sexual maturity

Let’s say that this is the fun part of its life


Then it returns to the same river

and swims upstream

jumping falls if it has to

to the gravels where it began its life

There, it releases eggs or milt

This is probably also fun,

but is its final act

It promptly falls apart

and dies.


You can look upon the Pacific salmon as a robot

destined, by its DNA, to this ridiculous routine

But answer this question:

How different are you from the salmon?


About believesteve

I am a photographer and author. I have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: The Grand: I have also published five additional iBooks: 1. The Salt River: 2. Coyote Buttes: 3. Four Cornered, the Land 4. Four Cornered, The Rivers 5. Rio Marañonñon/id1415174046?mt=11
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