Northwords Now Issue 40

The FREE literary magazine of the North

Ice floe

by Mandy Haggith

Deep below, a whale dives
deeper than light,
deeper than time.
What do I know?

Huge baleen, tonnes of krill,
rise, blow, slow, slow
fin, blow, dive below.
What do I know?

Thinning sea ice, plastic, PCBs,
bottom-trawlers, fishing quotas,
oil-drilling, sonic blasts, submarines.
What do I know?