Slipping by Gerry Stewart

We break through the snow and firn
to the glacial ice below:
introduce ourselves,
ask our children’s names and ages.
I answer the ubiquitous questions:
where I’m from,
how long our family is staying.

Then the expanse,
dry tundra silence.

I attempt to navigate
the crevasses,
fill them with the mundane titbits
we all share,
but my unexercised voice
unfoots me.

My loneliness bubbles up,
the ice sizzle,

Words arc across the divide
and disappear,
sliding me further away.


Gerry Stewart is a poet, creative writing tutor and editor based in Finland. Her poetry collection Post-Holiday Blues was published by Flambard Press, UK. Her writing blog can be found at http:/

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