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At Sea, Drake Passage
  • Daily Expedition Reports
  • 30 Nov 2019

At Sea, Drake Passage, 11/30/2019, National Geographic Explorer

  • Aboard the National Geographic Explorer
  • Antarctica

A Day at Sea: An Original Poem by Naturalist/Photo Instructor Eric Guth


Between you and me there is lots to see on this floating berth dividing sky and sea.

Some see calm and claim this but a lake, but let’s be clear, we’re in the Drake.

1,000 fathoms beneath our keel, 2,000 tons of Norwegian steel.

A prion forged of navy gray, a gang of staff with lots to say.

Be it bird or beast, fin or petrel, we share their song, we recite their orchestral

And as the swell rocks us from 10 to 3 and distance grows from where we’ve been to where we’ll be, I share this rhyme for our day at sea, I share this rhyme for what will be.

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