Polar Heart

by Simon Barraclough

Opposites attract.
In fact: in fact.

But the whole wide world
bulges between us:
overfed, underfed,
and will not be denied.

We know, we’ve tried.

My love expands for six dark months
while yours retracts
to rally again
as mine melts away for half a year.

I know we have to stay so far apart,
I know the climate needs our hopeless pas de deux
but sometimes at the solstice
I yell “Screw this!”
into the polar gale
and another ice shelf fails.

Last updated October 27, 2022