Today’s #haikuchallenge from @baffled is the word “trend.” This word, in its form as a verb, has taken on a new meaning in the age of Twitter, and I thought I would make use of that in the poem.

Moon from T-Site
The poem celebrates the onset of the months-long Antarctic night, which coincides with the anniversary of my blog. Over the past year, I have been blessed with readers from 69 countries and 6 of the 7 continents–all except Antarctica.  Antarctica is populated primarily by busy research scientists, tourists temporarily disembarked from cruise ships, documentary film crews and various species of penguins and other unique wildlife, so it is not surprising that the blog has not captured readership there. Maybe next year….

One of the great and unique things about Antarctica is that so many countries have agreed to leave it alone! We agree we won’t try to claim it, nor will we fight over it, drill it for oil, or do anything else to it other than study and protect it. Of course, the only reason the concept works–the only reason we all abide by the treaty and keep our grubby mitts to ourselves–is that it is too frigid for oil or mineral exploitation to be profitable. Nevertheless, it is an elegant concept, and peace is real on the continent of Antarctica.

In honor of its frozen and peaceable beauty, I offer this poem:

inching toward austral winter

the long night comes

trending darkness


The stunning photos in today’s blog post are by Kenneth Klassy and Blueicelake.  As always, you can see the individual photo credits when you hover your mouse over the respective photos.


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