for the Day 18th
Robert Falcon Scott and his party arrive at the South Pole and discover
the Norwegian flag already planted there by the expedition of Roald Amundsen
a few weeks before. Scott and his companions E.A. Wilson, H.R.
Bowers, L.E.G. Oates and Edgar Evans freeze to death on the return
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death in kindly light
illuminates failure, defines a gift,
though I must be yet and am afraid
how fierce it yet shall be.
Bless them who call it unfriendly,
who say as I have heard
Jamaican voices threefold sing,
We live to live, we do not live to die.
the gift I have
and all the gifts I have
no need to envy others.
Lack of singleness
in loves, in purposes,
the fault that I proscribe
though who was ever wise
enough to say?
As rock by circumstance
reveals its flaws,
strength expresses likeness to its weakness.
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