Chant du monde boréal
Sandshifter, 60N.
Where it all makes sense.



Through Chronicles from Arcania, I shall attempt to share walks with you, this poetics from 60N, where I feel at one with our Earth, my sense of place so maritime.

Friday, 16 April 2010

Sulphuric Dream

 Our place on Earth

Strange day, Thursday.  
My northern sky looks and smells weird.  As if norse gods made an omelette with rotten eggs... Oblivious to the wheel of news we're spoon-fed on each breakfast show, I sense differences in my world.
We're caught in it! The land of ice is shooting ash high in the blueness of our atmosphere - everything is clutching at straws...
And in this maniac media rat race, the western world admits stand still at terminals. Air travelling merely postponed in the name of life! For once, wisdom has won the day instead of cash.

And my senses record it all.

Sulphuric Dream

That earthly plume,
invisible above our heads.

April, 15, 2010.

700 miles off my Shetland Box,
brand new steam column on the rise. And wind carries volcanic ash
like a long ship across a sky turned buttercup…
Dressing roof slates, wir triv an bruck,
with strange clingfilm;

I didn’t want to believe it,
particles of Icelandic world
found on the edge of my windscreen.

Sulphuric dream filled Egil’s eyes.

Poet’s note:
wir triv an bruck (Shetlan): our bits and pieces

© Nat Hall 2010


  1. Whatever you think of natural disasters, they provide wonderful poetic sources when at a distance.
    As time goes on, I feel you will have more of these image-full poems to give us the senses in words.

  2. I hope you are all OK, Nat. It's beginning to smell a little sulphuric here too, which is nostalgic for me because I love Iceland. On the other hand my daughter is supposed to be in the US to be a bridesmaid soon--

  3. It's amazing. It's stopped the world. All power to the Mother.

  4. Thank you very kindly and humbly, Gordon.
    Our Earth remains a living, breathing and [sometimes] spewing planet... Full of life. And we are naturally part of it. This is our homeworld. :))
    Yes, it remains a constant source of inspiration!

  5. Oh, thank you for your kind thoughts, Elizabeth :).
    Yes, we are OK, although not fully aware of the full extent of such fine particles on our life... They so fine, they virtually invisible. I just notice grey-brown spots/stains on car and home windows, as it taints raindrops... Let's hope this volcano stops soon so that our northern world can live again a more down-to-earth life :)
    My thoughts go to Icelanders first as well as all displaced folk.

  6. Yay, Sarah - isn't that amazing? :))
    Such event had to happen on this side of our planet for a change... Bad luck for those who live soleley in the artificial world.