Admiral Peary’s Arctic Recursion

The Great White North was first traced by other pigments – standing on Cape Thomas Hubbard, four men had the vision of a nonexistent land one hundred miles in the distance. The Arctic image teased at us but would not offer opinions and we trekked and trekked and trekked and put up tents and packed up tents – we leaned into the wind, walking sideways, unrelenting as the aurora herself that we’d see if we were lucky: bright magnets above, god wouldn’t put them here for nothing. And we trekked and trekked and trekked and ate dried food and talked liked men about the girls we knew weren’t waiting, about which cut of steak we’re craving, about the energy we’re saving by just shutting the fuck up. And then we tucked our pants into our boots and trekked and trekked and trekked (noting silently the way our minds were beginning to let themselves untether, go wherever, think of strange thoughts oh and never think of how if you fell down, you would see to it they left you here to die) and we would trek and trek and trek and one day I would claim this place as ours.

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~ by perfectionatrix on April 17, 2012.

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