Poem: Approach the Rim of a Volcano

Approach the rim of a volcano
notice its molten ruby cast
the fiery frothing restlessly of roiling spew
walk a little closer to the grate of Hell
and look down past the flimsy iron bars and note
how redder how hotter how angrier and ready to

Well I’ve lost interest in describing it any further
it’s past my bedtime and past my
powers of description or perhaps I just don’t
want to believe in Hell I just want to believe in
grottoes of ivy-clinging rock walls and fountains so
crystalline and plentiful at every turn and in
every vista

Let Hell burn in its own fires
let its roar be muffled in my ears

but authorities better than I warn that it’s near
and won’t be ignored when the body’s spirit is
loosed into its native world
and the pendulum hung from unfathomably high
swings way back this way to show the cool snows and
green valleys of bliss’s endlessness

and then swings way forward to reveal
the atomic migraine the bone-crushing endless cancerous
neuralgia of Hell without letup
and our souls nudged toward the
pendulum’s judicial slice forever into either
one or the other
10/30/2001 (from Where Death Goes, The Ecstatic Exchange)

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Poet, artist, collagist, publisher, hoping to save a little bit of the world through ecstatic utterance... ordered in balanced lines and unpremeditated images...
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2 Responses to Poem: Approach the Rim of a Volcano

  1. Rufaidah says:

    My first thought, when hearing of the volcano and the total disruption it continues to cause, was the subtle Hand which overwhelms us in It’s grip yet most of us are completely unconscious of it.
    The volcano seems so far away and yet it has affected the lives of people in China and America. God seems so far away – yet look deep into your soul and see that your life is affected by, more than that, belongs to God.

    Thank you for that, it was generous of you to share it with us. May Allah reward you and inspire you.


  2. Salaama… thank you for seeing deeply into it. And for your fine exegesis… alhamdulillah.


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