She Went Back to the Beginning

Tain Leonard-Peck


River song echoing

down icy banks

seawater shivers

a chorus of return, ancestral

the call to creche.


Churning, relentless

urge to spawn

streams turn silver

in a deluge of desperate scales.


Ascend a waterfall

dodge Kodiak claws

fisher’s lures

lay in wait

thread the gauntlet before

the castle is reached

promised beds

of stones and silt.


A new beginning

and an imminent end

aquatic Ouroboros.

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