In The Crater Of The Volcano

IN THE CRATER OF THE VOLCANO

Down in the mountain’s busted head,
drizzle tip-toes on ancient violence,
pitter-pats frozen flame,
fused bare rock,
contrite lava,
the mutest of ash.

No hiss.
No steam.
Three hundred years beyond
the eruption’s ferocity,
the reaction is sanguine
and a long time coming.

 

In The Crater Of The Volcano

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John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident. Recently published in Front Range Review, Studio One and Columbia Review with work upcoming in Naugatuck River Review, Abyss and Apex and Midwest Quarterly.
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