Above the caldera at Yellowstone, a brittle soil-rock crust caps a lake of liquid fire with only fumaroles and roiling geysers to stay its upward ******.
One errant step is all it takes to breach that mantle's fragile seal - spelling death by fire to any hapless wanderer who fails to guard his path.
Fragile calderas also roil buried in darkest hollows of our psyches - brewed of failures, slights and fears dissolved in molten pools of self-consuming misery.
To dress and salve our wounds we sow gardens of reconciliation within with beauty, trust and reason and bow to gods of grace and solace.
But a despot’s studied eye knows just how to tap our fragile crusts, releasing acrid lava flows from pools where fear and rage reign hot and reason has no district.
Sisters and brothers of our flesh I pray we find a holy and transforming alchemy to convert our heat to light and shield our sacred calderas from enemies that stalk us from within.
July, 2006, revised December, 2014, 2015 and 2018 Robert Charles Howard
I decided to repost this poem because after scores of revisions over the years every stanza is substantially different than it was when I first wrote it in 2006. Hopefully after 12 years, I've got it figured out.
He wrote words that enticed her whispered musings to ****** her made her body tingle without touch cajoled her heart with bleeding ink
He was half the world away yet, she felt him so close he connected with every part body, soul, heart and mind
Every word was woven on her heart his voice echoed, enchanting gracefully intoxicating every beat of her life the distance had become too much
He heard a knock on the door there she was dressed in black her aroma grabbed his senses her smile left him helpless
Eyes locked in serene silence he could hear her heart pulsating as he placed his palm on her cheek her whole body felt paralysed as the hair on her neck raised calmly he stroked her dark hair beautifully elegant, complimenting her soft tender delicate bronze skin gently he placed his lips on her mouth succulently kissing her glowing lips finally tasting his beloved's nectar
Her eyes shut with ecstatic delirium he kissed every part of her body she no longer had any control as he cultivated her body planting his seed deep inside passionately she whispered his name as their bodies harvested thrusting deeper and faster with his tongue carving every inch of her body like a chisel
Volcanic desire erupted his words were now her reality his embrace her sanctuary as he held her tight whispering promises to never let her go