Shackleton’s Christmas Dinner

        Shackleton’s Christmas Dinner


Grey and white and


White and grey


ad infinitum


night


and


day ;


Scouring faces


battering bone


the ceaseless howl


of the bleak unknown ;


Across the Weddell Sea ice pack


driving the dog team


hauling three boats ,


trudging trudging


seven and a half miles ,


a week’s work ;


White and grey and


Grey and white


ad infinitum


day


and 


night.

HISTORIC FOOTNOTE:

SHACKLETON 1915

December 22 was kept as Christmas Day, and most of our small remaining stock of luxuries was consumed at the Christmas feast. We could not carry it all with us, so for the last time for eight months we had a really good meal - as much as we could eat. Anchovies in oil, baked beans, and jugged hare made a glorious mixture such as we have not dreamed of since our school-days. Everybody was working at high pressure, packing and repacking sledges and stowing what provisions we were going to take with us in the various sacks and boxes.


2 thoughts on “Shackleton’s Christmas Dinner

  1. VijayNair

    A taut narrative describing an event in the life of the legendary explorer Shackleton ( of Endurance fame).The structure of the poem reflects the bleakness of the surroundings.

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