If I had one wish for this
little bit of finny life,
it would be the same wish I have
for the alders and blackberries
here beside the creek
and for the owls making pellets in the firs,
and for the occasional eagle
that flies by high over this valley
here at Connelly Creek.
It would be the same wish
for all these people standing by the stream
with careful paper cups of fry,
and for those standing by their stations
out to sea, waiting with their hopeful nets.
Really, there is only one best wish
to give and get and that is for life itself.
May we know fully our share of it
and care about it completely,
which is everything --
and this, in our humanity,
more than everything.
by Scott Stodola, recollecting planting baby coho with the grade-school students of the Bellingham Co-operative School.
2206 South Avenue
Bellingham, WA 98225
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