The Terrible Warmth
Antarctica, the vast glacial continent,
is melting differently to the Arctic.
Warm sea water is hauled under the ice,
where it doesn’t drain back out.
The melting will, without mercy,
alter the maps of the world.
On the day we watched our environment
keel under the weight of one man’s word,
the growing crack in the Arctic shelf roared.
The sound is travelling to us
by way of the sea.
To die is said to be like
that you’re left with a field of whiteness,