I turn towards Redoubt
Rising pinkly against blue sky
The tide rolls in
The silver of dip nets
Sparkle with water drops

Then a cry triumphant
Rings out against the dawn

For three weeks in July the mouth of the Kenai River boils with red salmon. Fish and Game opens a subsistence style fishery for Alaskans. I’ve been following it with pictures on facebook. The above is written for the weekend Trifecta challenge of COLOR.

10 responses

  1. Dana says:

    This is beautiful, Barb, the words and the photos. And salmon? YUM! 🙂

  2. LaTonya says:

    redoubt. love that word. only the second time i’ve seen in a poem. 🙂

  3. Kallan Annie says:

    This is just lovely, from stem to stern. “The silver of dip nets / Sparkle with water drops”–so vivid.

  4. Linda Vernon says:

    Haha! Now that’s what I call colorful! 😀

  5. Tara R. says:

    These photos are wonderful. Watching the fishing must be an adventure in itself.

    One of the historic forts near Pensacola is named Advanced Redoubt.

  6. barbara says:

    Tara and LaTonya – Redoubt is the Russian word for Fort. There is a large Russian influence in Alaska and the Kenai Peninsula, thus the mountain is named Mt. Redoubt. It is about 85 miles or so across Cook Inlet from Kenai. 🙂

  7. Valerie says:

    I can see why you love Alaska so much-there is just so much to love there. My husband used to live in Ketchikan, and he still misses it:)

    Lovely 33 words!

  8. Gabriella says:

    I love the way you have described the scene!

  9. chamblee54 says:

    That is not a triumph for the fish.

  10. JannaTWrites says:

    That must be exciting to witness! I love the ‘silver dip of nets’.

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