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Canines of cold bite down hard Frigid daggers pierce the bones with reality Pack ice, pregnant with the dynamism of glacial creep Screaming and retching as it births its icy progeny to the Southern Ocean Relentless gales turning billows to tiny needles of ice That slap the skin to pain and then numbness Replacing the now absurd definition once held for 'hell' There can be no other than this bitter maw The scorching breath of Hades would be welcome here And yet ... Water, ice flow, land mass Even rooted far under the pack Everywhere in this seemingly hostile icescape ... LIFE ... burgeoning Blood feeds tissue and respiration Cells divide and divide again Sentience and impulse command the macrocosm Neurons fire in countless succession And the remorseless but necessary circles of nature spin on All for the primary concern - the focus of all intents: Continuance. A realm of such brutal beauty An extraordinarily merciless allure and bloom The very last place any sane creature of acumen would remain Yet it blossoms and bursts with courses and extent Even the night sky is alive with color and motility Ribbons of wonder and movement The sparkling flags of the antarctic heavens Waving for all the hearty creatures That make this gelid torment ... home.

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Date: 10/26/2018 7:15:00 PM
Shackleton went mad from its beauty...it is written in such a way as though you have been there...well done
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Gregory Richard Barden
Date: 10/27/2018 4:00:00 AM
This is very kind of you, Frederic - thank you so much, my friend!
Date: 10/26/2018 1:22:00 PM
Love the opening line! The description worthy of and more poetic that National Geographic depiction! The land at the same time uninhabitable and yet home for some! Love it! Love it!
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Gregory Richard Barden
Date: 10/27/2018 4:00:00 AM
Thank you so very much, Kim, this is so sweet - I'm glad you enjoyed it, Dear Poet! :-) <3