In Muir Woods: no greater love

by Larry Chamberlin   Sep 16, 2011


Twin swirls of silver beauty
flash pleasurably in the pool below;
redwoods taller than buildings
open a soaring cylinder of sunlight
dappling the submerged salmon.

Not bears, nor humans nor cataracts
kept them from stranger's embrace
at this arboreal grotto altar
fulfilling ancient obligation
to the species, to perish contented.

At the natural end of their journeys,
their lives, their share in the cycle,
spawning hope for new life
as they spiral around each other
in graceful yin and yang.

She spews eggs, he yields milt
and within hours they will each
lie gasping for the last dregs
of lives fulfilled by sacrifice,
culminated in deadly happiness.

Now their tender bodies shall decay,
attract water bugs to lay eggs
which will hatch in turn
when the salmon brood emerges,
providing a crucial first meal and
the final farewell from their parents.

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  • 7 years ago

    by Innocent Fairy

    These are my fav of fav stanzas,,,awesome amazing poem once again I loved it 5/5

    Twin swirls of silver beauty
    flash pleasurably in the pool below;
    redwoods taller than buildings
    open a soaring cylinder of sunlight
    dappling the submerged salmon.

    Not bears, nor humans nor cataracts
    kept them from stranger's embrace
    at this arboreal grotto altar
    fulfilling ancient obligation
    to the species, to perish contented.

    At the natural end of their journeys,
    their lives, their share in the cycle,
    spawning hope for new life
    as they spiral around each other
    in graceful yin and yang.

  • 7 years ago

    by Rania Moallem

    I love nature, in two places! South Lebanon, specifically in my moms village where I find serenity, and in your poems Larry, almost grabbing Gods perfection in your words..another front page worthy...if we have worthy judges!

    Nominated too