On the 6500+ km journey, twice
Thu, 25 May 2023
I’m a tiny round egg in the Sargasso sea,
and hatch to be leaf-like, on currents I float
eastward to a continent very remote,
many get eaten, but for now, not me.
By the time I get there I’m a clear glass eel,
I enter fresh river water, beginning to feel
myself start to change, become different, and brown
– now I’m called an elver, and I swim further down …
– or rather up a branch of the river
slowly get yellow, fatter, longer
and for years I live up there until a further
change from yellow to maturing silver
– my body made more ready to go to sea once more.
and wend my way back to where I was before
my end comes in spawning, giving new eggs birth
to make the long life journey … back … and forth.
Global traveller, what a wonder
for so long a mystery, amazing life-history.
(European Eel) [IP: During a journey …]