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Polar Summer
Harvey Jenkins


Warmth nudges the land

as the sun fills the sky

at the end of a long Arctic winter.

Wild flowers bounce back

after each wide paw

steps on pristine tundra.


A black nose scans cold air

and restless ice floes groan

above the sound of constant wind.

Under an endless northern sun,

white fur seeks an Arctic chill

in the open waters of Baffin Bay.

© by Harvey Jenkins.
Used with the author’s permission.




Harvey Jenkins is a Vancouver Island writer of haiku, poetry and prose. In the summer of 2010, he walked the Santiago de Compostela, an 800-km journey across northwestern Spain, with his wife, Sharron; that experience is captured in his book, Haiku Moments on the Camino: France to Finisterre. Harvey is a member of Haiku Canada and a regular contributor to their various reviews and anthologies. He is also a member of the BC Federation of Writers and a board member of Nanaimo's WordStorm Society of the Arts.

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David Fraser:
Harvey, this is a wonderful picture of our northern wilderness. There is a calm in the easy rhythm of your lines.
Posted 06/18/2013 08:07 AM
Posted 06/18/2013 07:52 AM
Four three-line sentences. Everything seems in order here, which is wonderful (although silly me worries about the bears losing their ice floes as we lose our polar caps). A fine poem, though, simply told. I can hear those ice floes groaning 'above the sound of constant wind.'
Posted 06/18/2013 06:13 AM

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