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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:
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.
Copyright © Gregory Richard Barden | Year Posted 2018
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