Shallow pools of meltwater reflect high summer sun
in the empty immensity glazing the top of our world.
Winds and currents conspire
to generate imperceptible drifts,
journeys that will last years.
And as the ice erode s
development intrudes –
a trend that will only accelerate
new figures arriving in a landscape
beginning to blaze with life.
Species thrust into closer contact
nearby there is evidence of a kill,
a scarlet highlight
on the snow-covered sea.
A guide and advisor to our expedition,
no longer at home in his shrinking world, says
“This is not a linear story where we know how it ends”.