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four Pieces of Poetry Inspired by a Soul-Stirring Trip to Iceland

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Thakgil: journey

The street
winding by
jagged lava
streams of shimmering silver
inexperienced peaks
bathed
in golden mild.

The means
limitless;
doubt quickens
over every bump
round each curve:
Is this
the way in which?

Then
a smiling face
painted
on a wood signal
the phrase “Thakgil”
—affirmation—
(sure, that is
the way in which)

So onward

Arrival
when the desolate street
ends
in a valley
sprinkled with tents,
shelter for the few
who’ve additionally
braved the journey.

My welcome
a steaming mug of espresso
the thump of
the resident canine’s tail
peace that descends
with the solar
in grateful
homecoming.

Fjardarglujufur: revelation

A gash within the inexperienced earth
a gaping wound
towers of
harsh black rock
a rift
cleaving
the panorama of my soul.

In the canyon depths
water flows,
eddies and swirls
swimming pools into pockets
of stillness,
smoothing tough edges
over time immeasurable.

The severed cliffs
won’t ever merge
won’t ever fuse their
two
damaged
halves.

But
Beauty
is barely current in
the fracture:
in
submitting
opening
inviting
motion
to the following past.

Plant growing through rock in Iceland - Poems by Alice Shi Kembel

Reynisfjara: resilience

Within a tiny crack
within the layers
of weeping black rock
She flowers
regardless of the weather.
Nourished by rain
and uncommon
glimpses of solar
and strengthened
by the wind
that has
not
damaged her
She has discovered a spot to
root down
to flourish
to achieve in the direction of the
gray sky.

Laufskalavaro: legacy

Cairns
dotting the land
stretching
throughout the black horizon

little altars all over the place

some naked:
testomony to these
contemporary of their anointing

some
blanketed by moss
paying homage
to a traveller of way back.

You wished for
success
in your journey throughout
this desert
however
what’s going to you provide
what’s going to you permit behind
as a blessing
for many who come
after you
to this barren
and exquisite place?

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photos: Alice Shi Kembel

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