extremophile: a living organism that is able to live in a hostile environment, such as frozen earth.
Posted after seeing Dave Bonta’s poem with the same title.
Born in the full darkness
of permafrost placenta, I was installed
with others’ memories, packed to deliver
the genetic goods, then swept aside,
buried deep within memory itself. Sutured
into a sleeping bag of frozen tundra, I shun life
in a temperate zone. I’m intolerant of insularity,
its haphazard manner of speech, all the contact
it entails. I align only with rare creatures,
lemmings and voles, the occasional snow bird
that subsists on lichens. And though I vaguely
remember another time and place, I cannot say
what I am doing here, or where I’ve come from.