Ce Feu Bleu
winter wave reaching for
the school—the largest building—
the school—largest building—
water tanks, an airstrip, post office,
general store, subsumed by the Chukchi Sea,
winter wave reaching for artifacts and
ancestral heritage predating the modern era—
and winter wave reaching for the school—building
drunken trees list asymmetrically,
debased by a corrupted compass
destabilized by thaw, a rag pole
forest leans into slapdash metaphor
shy summits and long-lost fissures fry,
while we read the names tribute
The Matterhorn, Muir Glacier, Helheim Glacier,
the Chacaltaya, Glacier National Monument
in Glacier National Park. We read the names.
Space X and Blue Origin fashion timely
alternatives to submersion maps,
beaconing skyward like an oracle.
Miami, Brooklyn, lower Manhattan,
the Everglades, the Outer Banks, Grand Isle,
New Orleans—the names we read.