Sentinel Literary Quarterly
Vol. 1 No. 1, September 2007. ISSN 1753-6499 (Online). www.sentinelquarterly.com
by John Younger
Radar experts from a carrier
exploring the Arctic icefields,
discover a tableau of death.
A longboat loaded with the lost,
bares one midshipman, almost awake,
while his shipmates sleep, curled up in furs.
Back on the carrier’s flight deck,
the scientists watch a sudden snowstorm
blow in over the polar wasteland
in a furious whirl of flakes,
once more covering up the catafalque
and its unsuccessful travellers.
But when at last global warming
melts the Arctic cryosphere,
that barge of late voyagers
will imperceptibly slip
into the current’s Southward drift
and reach the deep-drowned destination.
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