Waikumete/ Mt. Erebus. - Poem by Michael Walker
(' I am not up there beyond the sky, /but here') . Don Blanding. (1894-1957) .
How vastly separated in space, yet linked by fate,
these two places are, I reflect, on a winter's day
at Waikumete, reading Don Blanding's elegy,
'They Speak of God' on the grey stone memorial,
which has just forty-three names inscribed on it.
'Copy our names from the list, 'they seem to say,
'before you return from the mountain top to the plains'.
I remember the morning of 28 November,1979, when
Flight 901 left Auckland for Antarctica, a one-way flight,
a relic left on the lower slopes of Mt. Erebus.
Erebus-the Son of Chaos, the name of underworld caverns
on the way to hell.I seem to be on the dry ice contours of
Ross Island, where the sun never sets: I hear the Preacher say:
'He is present with us and what may seem like foolishness
to us is God's wisdom: We may not understand with our minds,
but we ask for faith that we may accept what has been done.'
Poet's Notes about The Poem
I watched the video 'Impact Erebus', on which an American minister preached memorably near the crash site.I read the excellent book 'Daughters of Erebus', by Paul Holmes.
The name 'Erebus' is from Greek mythology.
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