It was called Rome
like the city.
Before the reconstruction
before the college dormitoryization of the base
McMurdo Station staff quarters
were uncontrived eclectic
with wonderfully individualistic names.
A group of half a dozen
known predictably as the six-pack
then following addition, the nine pack.
A trio located on a rise between street and ocean
three by the Sea
two in the middle
one for the road.
And Rome, origin archaeological
rumour said construction was late. Very
not built in a day.
Lounged with large windows framing the sound
landscaping Mt Discovery.
It was ours
designated quiet and non-smoking
two rare species in Antarctica.
Day eight – Friday night
the weekend is born – and drinks.
A C141 squat and green
crawls down the sea ice runway
to civilization, fresh food, dark and rain
“wish you were on it,” a man walks by.
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