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Published: February 21st 2014
These giant birds followed the ship and surfed the wind on the waves, just like the albatross.
Some words that have inspired me, during my reflection of such an enormously moving journey in Antarctica...
This quote was from the book, Southern Horizons, The History of the British Antarctic Territory, by Robert Burton (copywrite 2008), and it is originally from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (one of Dave´s favourite poems):
And now there came both mist and snow,
And it grew wondrous cold:
And ice, mast-high, came floating by.
As green as emerald
Just to change the mood a bit, and in keeping with the poetic theme, part of our life on the Sea Spirit was to participate in competitions when we had a spare moment between gourmet meals, and getting our parkas on for zodiac landings. One of these competitions was created by Dave. Yup, you guessed it. A poetry contest, with an Antarctic theme. Although, there were many more poems far better then the one that I submitted, I have to admit... Mine got the most laughs... I was inspired by our Marine Biologist´s talk on krill and the fact that they are different than shrimp because their gills are external, and yes, it was partly inspired
These cuties have a lovely checkerboard marking on their back when in flight.
by the movie Happy Feet 2 (thanks to Heidi in Churchill)...
Enjoy this silly poem. It reads best when you read it out loud.
A conversation between two krill...
¨Hey Bill¨said Will the krill,
¨Howdy,¨said Bill back to Will.
¨Did you check out that new girl named Jill?¨said Will
¨I did indeed¨said Bill back to Will.
¨I think I´ll ask her out on a date,¨Will said.
Bill replied, ¨You just like her because of her frilly gills.¨
¨I do not!¨ Will exlaimed, rather insulted, ¨but still, I must admit, not until I met Jill did I really notice how such frilly gills could thrill me.¨
¨Ah HA!¨screamed Bill, drilling his accusational glare at Will. Sometimes I think you are so silly and have no will power. Let´s face it. There is no pill to cure our lust for the thrill of the frilly gills of Jill.¨
Suddenly, the conversation became still...
As both Bill and Will watched the skillfull and charming, Phil the krill approach the lovely Jill.
And in the end, Bill and Will... got nil...
Thanks for reading!
Enjoy the pics!
Shipwrecked and deliberately sunk in 1915 due to a fire onboard. It was a whaling ship equipped as a seaboard whaling factory.
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