Albatross at the End of the World
We saw albatross in abundance in the Antarctic. Albatross have long been believed to be the souls of sailors who died at sea – they spend the majority of their life soaring over the waves, only returning to land after five years or more to breed.
Cape Horn Memorial
I am the albatross that awaits you
at the end of the world
I am the forgotten souls of dead mariners
who passed Cape Horn
from all the oceans of the world.
But they did not die
in the furious waves.
Today they sail on my wings
In the last crack
of the Antarctic winds.
Sara Vial, Chile