SERMERSSUAQ – An Earth Day Homage

She weeps. She wails.
She sighs,
hopeful
that one day her children will learn to use their knowledge wisely.

Sermerssuaq
The Big Ice.

Sermerssuaq

Caribbean-blue melt-water pools
the size of small countries
spread upon Mother Earth’s once pristine pate.

Creaking, cracking
she moans,
under their weight…
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KALAALLIT NUNAAT – Looking For A Fix

Umimmar?”

Taken aback by the sudden question, Christian, Uli, and I nodded. Clearly, the man had overheard our conversation.

His dark eyes shifted from the front of the store to the back. Stepping closer, he first cleared his throat, then whispered, “18:05 in front of the church.”

This time, we nodded in unison.

Before turning back around he added, “Cash only,”  then continued stocking the near bare shelf with red cardboard tubes of Pringles.

It was April 2016 and that was the only chip still available in Ittoqqortoormiit’s Pilersuisoq until the August arrival of the first of only two ships per year that supply the tiny Greenlandic village with anything that cannot be hunted or fished. That’s everything, people; everything from paint to potatoes, diapers to diesel oil, bread to bathroom tissue. But umimmar? That is Continue reading

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KALAALLIT NUNAAT – Taking Care Of Business

img_0610It’s the question no one asked when they heard I’d be camping in the arctic in the summer of 2009.

Last April, seven years later, the same topic lay fallow on the fringe of conversations concerning my dogsled trip in Ittoqqortoormiit, East Greenland. It was barely alluded to, and never expressed in words, until now…


Q:  
Sooooo, what do you do when duty calls in the wild, high atop the world?

A:  You answer it. Otherwise, the whites of your eyeballs will turn yellow and 1, 2, 3 you’ll burst like a water balloon when it misses its mark and hits the pavement after being tossed from a five-story window, leaving itty-bitty pieces of yourself to be fill in the blank (’cause if I do, you’ll deem me a wack-a-doodle).

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VALENTINES DAY IS NOT JUST FOR LOVERS

hunky valentine 2One homemade heart
trimmed in frilly,
white lace,

One arrow,
one promise
of a sweet,
warm embrace…

Once it’s notched,
drawn,
and trained
on his chosen bullseye,
Cupid first
blows a kiss,
and then
lets
it
~~~ fly ~~~

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DID SOMEONE SAY CHOCOLATE?

aliceAlice Wetherby Pimms knew it was in the library. The beautifully scripted note written in her dead mother‘s hand said so. The child had checked all the obvious locations, though, and found nothing – places like inside her father’s green felt-lined desk drawer, the one he’d hidden the tarnished brass key to inside a book titled, THE KEY TO REBECCA.

 

400px-11britannicaYou’re probably thinking how conspicuous that might seem, rather like a toad wearing a hot pink béret on a sunny day, Continue reading

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ODE TO RESILIENCE

img_3523Words fail
to make the leap from grey matter
to tapping finger tips on keys

they say
“It’s because of Mercury”
they say
“the planet is retrograde”
they say
“that makes it a poor time for all forms of communication”

WHEW
thank the planetary gods
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iWONDER

As the sun sets behind this stretch of the Pacific Coast Ranges, a mountain chain that stretches from Alaska to central Mexico, I not only wonder,

sunset
but marvel at Continue reading

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