June 5, 2005

Disturbances by Ken Belford

Trees make shadows and
alternative environments

are fragmented by disturbances.
Water snakes and anglers come here.

Strong stories with strong tails
and long, broad gills are going

and now I walk around town
remembering the big trees.

Rainbow have a strong fidelity
to wood-formed pools in the fall,

matrix dams last for years
and the bigger the trees the better.

The loss of the old growth
makes huge disturbances.

Rivers need trees that don’t move
until everything moves.

Complex flow, heterogeneous zone.
Look around – trees in the water

and trees on the ground
make new sediment terraces

and a certain kind of fish
in a certain kind of water

forms around obstructions
that cause friction.

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