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mackeral sky, salmon sea…

salmon scaleYesterday’s painterly sky streaked with fleecy cirrus, showing a light, full blue above and a brilliant aqua lower down, cumulus bunched at the far horizon, stratus clinging to the near green hills. For a while, a halo around the sun, a few whitecaps on the ocean, sooty shearwaters, gulls, eagles. And salmon — fat and muscular, rising in silver flashes to the net.

I notice a shiny spot on my finger: a scale, slightly oval, slightly rough-edged, completely clear. On my boot toe, another, half-dipped in silver. Unseen, the tiny rings — the ciculi — that tell the fish’s history: growth and migrations, freshwater and salt, hunger and spawn. A tiny jewel, radiant armor.
salmon scale

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