Sunday, 3 December 2017


hear me
as I break apart

Early morning

My massive frozen body
begins to soften
hard edges smooth away

waters around me are warming
my surface dissolves around the waterline
ablation takes my top layer

as I vapourise
drop by drop
into whispers of air over cold ocean

Melt ponds form in my centre
drip by drip
water seeps, murmurs and bubbles

Fissures form
among my crags, wider and deeper
until a gulch widens

pulling a crazy crevasse

chasm becomes abyss
my central ridge

I am breaking apart

my groans echo through the seas
mix with the songs of whales
as I am riven

my disruption makes waves
ice chunks break off
float away

I am splitting
sinking, rising again
and suddenly

crack crack crack
a battalion fires a million barrels
into fine clear sky

ack ack ack
the roar of planes
one after another

after another
after another
air rushing rushing rushing

whoosh whoosh whoosh
shells explode and smash
mortars rumble

water sucks gushes
as I rupture
as I break and breach...

         These are the sounds of the Earth

© Jackie Biggs

Large iceberg breaks off from Grey glacier in southern Chile

Jackie Biggs has had poetry published in many magazines and anthologies, both print and online. Her first collection is The Spaces in Between (2015). She blogs at: The Spaces in Between. Twitter: @JackieNews