Ice From Fire #poem #poetry #volcano #travel


1980 eruption of Mt St Helens, Washington State, USA. Hard to believe a glacier grows in the crater today.

Where pyroclastic flows once blew
And plumes of ash spewed forth,
Crater Glacier’s growing –
While others die, a birth.

Eruptions that have scoured the earth
With slides unprecedented,
Have built a perfect nest for
Glaciers unintended.

Snow fields grew
Til things got weird,
And oozing magma forced a move
Down the slopes it cleared.

Pumice fields are covered now
By willow thickets and scarlet blooms.
A steaming crater is the source
Of flowers on a tomb.

While above, Godzilla’s Hole
Is mapped by cavers brave.
And scientists delight at this –
From death sprouts nature’s nave.

I’ve written quite a few poems about volcanoes. I just published my second volume of poems – Rhyme and Reason Two and discovered that, in 2014, I wrote three poems inspired by volcanoes and volcanoes are mentioned in another. (I don’t plan my poetry, so the muse always surprises me.)

The collection includes one of my most popular poems, Because They’re Big, about modeling super volcanoes. It’s available now on Kindle for 99¢ and should be in most other major on-line retailers in a couple weeks.

I’m working on a paperback edition too, which will include a bonus haiku. Formatting the cover is a pain! But… soon.

Be the first to review my book! And even if someone beats you to it, please leave a review. I love to see what you think, and reviews (posted wherever you hang out) help other readers find me.

Thanks to for keeping an eye on the mountain.

“On May 18, 1980 a major volcanic eruption occurred at Mount St. Helens, a volcano located in the state of Washington, United States. The eruption… was the only significant one to occur in the contiguous 48 U.S. states since the 1915 eruption of Lassen Peak in California. The eruption was preceded by a two-month series of earthquakes and steam-venting episodes, caused by an injection of magma at shallow depth below the volcano that created a huge bulge and a fracture system on the mountain’s north slope. An earthquake at 8:32:17 a.m… on Sunday, May 18, 1980 caused the entire weakened north face to slide away, creating the largest landslide ever recorded. This suddenly exposed the partly molten, gas- and steam-rich rock in the volcano to lower pressure. The rock responded by exploding a hot mix of lava and pulverized older rock toward Spirit Lake so fast that it overtook the avalanching north face.”


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