Spring 2000 • Vol. XXII No. 2 New Voices |

Leaving the Eccentric

The queenfish visits the spring every spring, and she does it alone, carried away from her silvery coast, the blue drum region, carried away by the aerial ocean above, the dipping and rising, sidling along saddles of thawing mountains, thrashing through caribou tracks, past dens of bears, exposing herself to countless dangers, because of a whim to be in the iciest possible water, up to her eyes in the highest spring, spring on the fringe of fish civilization, spring where the king, who loves her, lives, year after year, for this single visit, the look of pain on his outer face as he remembers he should eat her. That's when the queen takes her leave, flapping her battered tail, slipping her body under. That's when the one who loves her screams, sharding the spring with manic octaves (like bells of mules setting hills ringing with each beating)---what else can they do but follow its law in wonder, the law of the sun which burns, pulling the world to it, the paradox of equinox, when li

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