Salmon

Run,

Leap, flop and struggle upstream

Spawn,

Cortisol surges to fight.

Cortisol slows eating.

Digestive tracts wither away.

Immune systems break down.

And after laying their eggs, they die

Of exhaustion and infection,

Bodies worn out by the journey.

Hippos hoppin'

Granpop's boppin'

Moms shopin'

At the mall.

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