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The Goddess Pele by Arthur Johnsen for Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

The Goddess Pele by Arthur Johnsen for Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

Evacuate! Emergency!
But there’s no rush for those who flee
This lava flowing to the sea
Since nineteen hundred eighty three,
Its edge is marked by burning trees.
No one will die, thankfully.
Walk away from this calamity.
The Goddess Pele built Hawaii
For herself, not you or me.

By Kate Rauner

There were a lot of volcano stories the year I posted this poem, including Kilauea’s Pu’O O’O crater venting lava towards homes – for example: LiveScience.com

Update Oct 4: There’s a great video of the volcano’s eruption here.

Update 2018: Pele, the Hawaiian volcano, has gotten more dangerous this year. Hundreds of homes have been destroyed, and over a mile of new land created. A search will show you lots of videos, and here are a few.




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