Poem from Kathryn Waddell Takara’s 2020 book
RED DREAMS, VOLCANO VISIONS
An exciting pocketbook of poetry
Takara’s firsthand observations and reflections of the 2018 Kīlauea eruption
ominous, eerie, fiery-painted skies.
There are variable, color-filled clouds
corals, magentas, rubies
irregular shades of gray and black.
Surprising impermanent weather
while molten rock gushes torrential
reveals the heartbeat of Fissure 8.
Kanaka maoli understand
the powerful process.
Let go of illusions of control.
Allow for the robust untamed cycle
Recognize the signs.
It’s still too smoky
to fathom the future
in an unpredictable present.