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Salmon Stream

"The salmon come home at the end of their lives.
They spawn, and each little egg that survives
will start the cycle all over again
with the coming of the rain,
and silver smolt will discover the sea,
and turn to salmon swimming free,
and tiny fish will one day hatch
(with their dinners still attached)
from the eggs of a salmon, born to travel.
that hide in the nest of rocky gravel
far beyond the shady pool,
filled with water, clear and cool,
that flows in the stream in the forest."