For Frank Tassone’s haikai challenge. The sturgeon, another creature we prize so highly we’re wiping it from the face of the earth. We don’t have a sturgeon moon here, but we do apparently have the last remaining population of European sturgeon living in our river Garonne. Numbers reduced to below sustainable levels, and since 2012 young sturgeon have been released in an attempt to prevent the population disappearing altogether. We’ll have to wait another 5-10 years to find out if the action has been successful as sturgeon don’t reach reproductive age for 12-20 years. The lucky ones can live up to 100 years. If we leave them alone.


For a million years

in tepid deeps then rivers cool

in balance with tooth beak and claw

the sturgeon waits

for the inescapable nets.


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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

19 thoughts on “Esturgeon”

    1. It’s just a fish/bird/insect/big cat, it’s dangerous/ugly/aggressive/invasive/eats my tomatoes, it’s useless/doesn’t taste good/takes up too much space/causes road accidents/screams at night. You name the species and someone will tell you why it doesn’t matter if we kill them all.
      I hope they keep the sturgeon alive, if only because the more effort we put into allowing creatures just to keep on doing what they’ve done for thousands of years, the more people are going to see it as normal that everything has a right to existence (except people like Trump and Jeffry Epstein).

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