Cruise Poem C20

Thunder of ice falling –
Next to silence of water flowing –
Hubbard glacier –
Thunder of water falling –
Next to silence of ice flowing –
Mendenhall glacier




Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.



Notes to this poem…


On consecutive days, we saw two glaciers in different environments resulting in contrasting experiences. First day, we saw the Hubbard Glacier that flowed into the sea, but had lots of ice regularly breaking off resulting in large noises called “white thunder”. It fell into the slowly flowing water of a bay in Glacier Park.


The next day, in Mendenhall Glacier park, we saw Mendenhall Glacier that flowed towards the sea but almost seeped into it. By contrast, not far from it was Nugget Falls that was a huge waterfall constantly thundering in volume.

I realized the contrast with a clear mind sitting under clear skies looking for subjects about which to compose some poems. 🙂

These cruise poems were written on my first ever cruise between September 2nd and 9th, from Seward, Alaska to Vancouver, British Columbia. Most were written at night on my limited down time from family, in the dark of the Helideck at the front of the ship, often alone beneath the night skies of Alaska.



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