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Wellness > Mental Health

I’m Worried About The Fish

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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Augustana chapter.

“We don’t know what’s going to happen to the fish”

He says

Stirring his black coffee with his finger

“The turtles?  Oh, they’ll be just fine.

But we don’t know what will happen to the fish.”

I clench the plastic cup holding my vanilla latte

He speaks with an air of nonchalance

More focused on the pattern of the wooden table separating us

Then the fate of these poor creatures

I’ve never gave much love to the fish

Prancing in the river by my dorm building

But knowing that their home will be stolen from them

Knowing that they don’t know their home will be stolen for them

My heart weighs heavy with a sickening sadness

There’s a bridge I cross to go to my home

It stands directly above the river

Every day I stare out beyond the railing

To watch the river turn into a valley of mud

Thick, dark, revolting mud

Invading the beautiful river with the rainbow waters

Turning it into nothing more than a murky puddle

With a million vibrant orange fish desperately swimming around

Wondering what happened to their beloved paradise

Wondering why they deserve to be crowded like cattle

In a modern hell

The workers tell me their suffering is for the benefit of us

How this pipeline will be easier to access

Easier to fix when there’s something annoying our perfect paradise

“After all,

Do you really think that fish give a damn about you?”


They don’t

I know that

So it’s stupid

That I’m worried about the fish

But if I had their small fins and colorful scales

If I found my home being crushed into nothingness

I would wish someone out there

In this populated world

Would give a damn about me

Olivia Fleming

Augustana '23

Hi! My name is Olivia, and I am a freshman at Augustana college. I am studying Psychology, English, and Creative Writing. With the hope of becoming a clinical or forensic psychologist. This is my first year writing for HerCampus and I specialize in poetry and fictional writing. Some of my hobbies include writing (obviously), traveling, passing time with friends, and playing the cello. At college, I am a part of the literary magazine, psychology club, NAMI, the orchestra, and some leadership and service clubs. One fun fact about me is that I have traveled out of the country five times!