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Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012 06:06 pm

iceman poem #3

there must be many an iceman one
lies in his tent near the
south pole a hundred years now
they left him there with two others
brought back the sleeping bag of
one who said he was going out
and disappeared into the blizzard
its seam is slit at the bottom for his
gangrenous foot you can see it
in cambridge also on display is
captain robert falcon scott’s diary
open to its final entry trailing off
for gods sake look after our
people the world has as many
despairs as it has those to despair
I think of this on the anniversary of
his dragging sledges at forty below to
find over the goal a norwegian flag
he left a toddler for others to raise
suggested he be a naturalist his wish
was granted the son founded and
funded wildfowl trusts I saw a billion
birds at slimbridge on the severn the
ornithologist’s autobiography
begins I am a totally happy man

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