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Poem: Returning


Driven to seasonal frenzy,
alewives return year after year
in hopeful frustration
to the half-ruined concrete dam
that once turned turbines
and sped electron streams
feeding factories.

Harboring eternal yearnings
as deep as life, they leap
from the curling, frothing roar
like geyser bursts of water
dazzling with silvery scales
and large, unblinking eyes
forever falling short.

Each spring brings me an urge
to witness this miraculous
exceeding and outlasting
withered kilowatts—
I inhale longing
and desire energizing my own
shape-shifting dreams.

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