The Albatross

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.

Rusted Albatross Sculpture, Cape Horn

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

Toward eternity,

In the last crack

of the Antarctic winds.

Sara Vial, Chile

1992

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