Exit Glacier, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska

Exit glacier
This crack in your iceflesh thawing

like a crease in the mouth of your womb

you are melting in sighs

I hear breath and the wrench of the first opening

as you yield to the world’s warming

white lady, shining, shifting down valleys

spilling, fast fading

sliding in rivers out to the sea:

your quiet surrender.