The National Geographic Society was founded on this date in 1888. I love their books for kids, I subscribe to their magazine, and Randy and I have attended a number of their traveling lectures. I’m super proud to have poems in two different National Geographic anthologies (both edited by the amazing J. Patrick Lewis).
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
And here are links to my other poems:
- Sailing Stone
- Revenge (of the Bonneville Salt Flats)
- Water, Water Everywhere
- Never Say No (to a Philly Cheesesteak)
- Sacred Land
Thank you, National Geographic, for all you do to explore and educate the world!
[My Classroom Connections posts share a way to connect one of my books or poems to a classroom topic–often something timely that you might be covering in the next month or so. Please share this post if you have educator friends who might be interested–thanks!]