Glacial Ecstasy


Standing on cruise ship’s deck
Icy waters of Glacier Bay, Alaska
Lapping against bow

Crystalline, turquoise ice sheets
Towering along irregular shoreline
Pushes, shifts, carves terrain

Moans, crackles
Anticipation mounts
Thundering, spontaneous crashes

Ice chunks plunge
Detonate, spew
Jets of sea spray

Bobbing icebergs
Dangerous mass submerged
Waves ripple, intensify

Standing on cruise ship’s deck
Icy waters of Glacier Bay, Alaska
Mesmerized by calving glaciers

By Suzanne Cottrell

Hubbard glacier in Alaska under cloudy skies


Suzanne Cottrell, an Ohio buckeye by birth, lives with her husband and three rescue dogs in rural Piedmont North Carolina. An outdoor enthusiast and retired teacher, she enjoys hiking, biking, gardening, and Pilates. She loves nature and its sensory stimuli and particularly enjoys writing and experimenting with poetry and flash fiction. Her poetry has appeared in numerous online and print journals including North Carolina’s Best Emerging Poets: An Anthology, The Avocet, The Remembered Arts Journal, Plum Tree Tavern, Haiku Journal, Cagibi Literary, and Poetry Quarterly.

Photo of Hubbard Glacier in Alaska by Darryl Brooks

One thought on “Glacial Ecstasy

  1. Thank you, Suzanne, for taking me with you on this excursion and adventure via this poem today. I love the spareness of the poem; not a single extra word. to clutter it up. You made the poem as pristine as the landscape. Beautiful writing.

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