Read introduction

Kaprun is a ski resort in Austria. it's glaciers are retreating.

Kaprun

Screen_shot_2017-12-05_at_08.50.24by Patrick Howse30 Jan 2017

Mist floods the valley
drowning white-coated
coral trees and the flat,
solid lake:

here cold tentacles
snatch crystal flakes
from the air and sting
gloveless hands.

But as I climb I
strip away layers
to feel the sun’s touch
on my neck:

ice-shod I stumble
upward, past skiers
carving tracks through the
man-made snow.

Cloud fills the valley,
an ice age's ghost
hiding the town with
ice-sheet fog,

obscuring the cars,
the industry
and homes with a new
veil of rain.