CAPTAIN ROBERT SCOTT REMEMBERS SUMMER
Oates has gone now,
I am just going outside and may be some time
he said; bloody stubborn fellow!
But we’ve moved on and here we are,
Wilson, Bowers and me.
God! This is an awful place.
Snowblindness shuts my eyes.
Ah, here’s Kathleen laughing,
gay and clever in a green dress
at the kitchen table:
I’m not jealous in the least
about your chilly expedition!
Her arms are smudged by summer’s sun,
and through the open window,
is England showing off.
I drift into the garden,
to my hammock,
for a nap,
I have no regrets…
©Cindy Taylor 2009
The lines in italic are adapted from Captain Scott’s diary of his fateful expedition.
NOTES ON KATHLEEN SCOTT
Kathleen Scott, Baroness Kennet FRSBS (27 March 1878–25 July 1947) was a British sculptor. Born Edith Agnes Kathleen Bruce at Carlton-in-Lindrick, Bassetlaw, Nottinghamshire, she was the youngest of eleven children of Canon Lloyd Stuart Bruce (1829–1886) and Jane Skene (d. 1880). She attended the Slade School of Fine Art, London from 1900 to 1902, and then enrolled at the Académie Colarossi in Paris from 1902 to 1906 and was befriended by Rodin.
She married the Antarctic explorer Captain Robert Scott on 2 September 1908. In 1910, she accompanied her husband to New Zealand to farewell him on his journey to the South Pole. In February 1913, while sailing back to New Zealand to greet him on his return, she learned in mid-ocean of his death in Antarctica in March 1912.