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Another one from fairy land,

Enjoy!

“The Salmon Race”

On either side, ran tall the grass
As if with wind, in chase
Beside a river, upon a bank
Of juniper and sage.
There I spent the day in psalm
Among the sage…

There among, though never one…
I watched, the salmon race.

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PICTURE CREDITS: Robert Bissell



Background on the Text:

As a small note on some of the symbolism (especially for those non-British readers) salmon in Celtic myth are synonymous with wisdom, juniper from British history, gin and drunkenness (mother’s ruin). The race concerns the attempt to find meaning, hopping between alternating streams of stupidity and cleverness so to speak. There is also a light reference to a small work by Keats about a woman’s virtue (Daisy’s Song) but I think thats enough for now.

Hope that enriches/de-mystifies the thing somewhat 😊

D.E.H


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