And happy Friday the 13th! No bad luck here today, unless you happen to be a starfish.
Last month, I shared my Sailing Stone poem from J. Patrick Lewis‘ anthology with National Geographic, the Book of Nature Poetry — which just won a Eureka Silver Medal. Congratulations, Pat and National Geographic!
Now I’m sharing my other poem from this gorgeous anthology. This, like sailing stones, was another natural phenomenon I’d never heard of: brinicles. Do you know what a brinicle is? It happens when super-salted, super-chilled water forms a “stalactite” from the frozen surface of the ocean to the seafloor. Man, if you’ve never seen this “icy finger of death,” check out this video from Frozen Planet, featuring time-lapse video as a brinicle forms and freezes sea life below it. Amazing.
And here’s my poem:
water cave guarded by an
arc of sea ice above
feeds salt to the deep
Super-saltwater ribbon flows,
grows, and sinks
with a frigid core
wears a crystal
cloak of ice
rushing down to the
an icy finger of death
© Laura Purdie Salas, all rights reserved
Now, don’t miss Bridget’s Poetry Friday Roundup and fun fear poem at Wee Words for Wee Ones. Who knows what other cool things you might learn?
And if you’re a nonfiction fan, don’t miss my giveaway of a signed paperback copy of Heather Montgomery’s How Rude!, a fun and funny book about bugs.