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Svitjodbreen

by Mandy Haggith

The fjord is a sundae
    of peppermint sorbet
    with clotted cream floating on top.
An ice-sugar confectionary is poised
    on a chocolate biscuit island
    just in front of the main cake.
Its surface is house-sized
    cocoa-dusted marshmallows.
    The troll’s barbecue is all set.
A greedy giant with a mountainous spoon
    has already begun scooping
    chunks from its front.
Mere trolls can’t make much of a dent
    but human gluttony
    will soon scoff the lot.

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