Scott Reports Home From the Antarctic

by Laura Solomon

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It’s nice here – once you get used to the snow. 
At first, I must admit, it dazzled me,
then my eyes adjusted,
learned to pick out the buildings and the snow mobiles
from in amongst the white.

I found my way in the blankness.

There were animal tracks –
though what the creatures were that made them
I really cannot say –
polar bears, perhaps,
too precise for the slither of a seal,
penguins possibly,
or some of those wolves that they say lurk around these parts.

That’s all by the by –
the point is,
I made my way to shelter,
to a safe place,
from where I took photographs of the snow,
and posted them home to my wife
who commented on how pure it all looked –
how clean, pristine –
and she sent me a note back
with a snapshot of our cluttered home,
the bookshelves overflowing,
the carpet patched and bare,
the stuffing falling out of the sofa –
and I thought how glad I was
to be in this place
where nothing matters except the snow,
and that covers almost everything.

Laura Solomon’s novel Instant Messages (2010)  was shortlisted for the Virginia Prize and the Proverse Prize. Among three earlier novels, An Imitation of Life was published in late 2009. Commended poems include “The Latest Lighthouse Keeper” (Ware Poets Competition, 2007), “You Will Know When You Leave” (shortlisted, Bridport 2008 Poetry competition) and “Apocryphal” (runner up, Edwin Morgan International Poetry Competition). “Pythia Gets the Blues” was a runner up in the Essex Poetry Festival Competition. Her short story collection Alternative Medicine was published in early 2008

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