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.
Do not laugh and mock nature of how it is,
for it can bring disaster whenever it wants and how it wants,
from volcanic eruptions to tsunamis,
we are nothing compared to it.
Our weapons today won't stop avalanches and earthquakes,
nature is far more powerful and stronger then us then we think.
Of course, there are people that know this,
but some may think that humans,
are stronger than nature.
In what way really?
As I see it if nature makes up her mind she could swallow us all at once if she decides to do it right this instant.
But she won't, know why?
Because nature is fair and knows how to control herself,
but humans aren't so we only know one thing,
and that is,
Comment and tell me what you think!
i watched the smoke loom into the sky.
you and i, we don't pay it any mind.
the blood is rushing to my face—
a.d. sixty-two: an earthquake shook the ground.
that was seventeen years ago, and we are twenty now.
four days ago the shakes started again
but i don't mind the sound.
i close my eyes and i am gone
the room is full of heat
volcanic ash and tephra and gas—
forever, we're asleep.
Here we go again:
I get the choice between
fight or flight, but I
chose to remain frozen.
Icebergs congeal in
my bloodstream. I'm freezing on
the inside, erupting
molten lava from my pores.
falls from igneous eyelashes;
swallowing the inferno
like a glass of apple cider
that's traveled down the wrong pipe.
Coping with emotion
is something that my self
Eruptions of great mountains,
Releasing Earth's pent up rage,
As mother nature shows,
Her own propensity for destruction.
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
to never let her go
Drop my heart into a volcano
Let my LAVA erupt...
— The End —