Fish Tales

Confluence*
 
Of time and place, the perfect intersection here.

Fish come and are drawn left or right
depending on the prevailing currents
or brain sensors 
on their way to spawn,

Or they may get caught
by fishermen standing on this very spot
listing to me what fish they've seen: 
sturgeon, pike, alewives, other.

"And salmon?" I say.

"No," they say - each,
"I have not seen a salmon in my lifetime."

*In geography, a confluence is the meeting of two or more bodies of water. Known also as a conflux,[1] it refers either to the point where a tributary joins a larger river, called the main stem...