Poem from Kathryn Waddell Takara’s forthcoming book,
RED DREAMS, VOLCANO VISIONS
An exciting pocketbook of poetry — Takara’s firsthand observations and reflections of the 2018 Kilauea eruption
Due for publication by 2020

PELE AND FISSURE 8
It’s a spectacular show, lava fireworks
ominous, eerie, fiery-painted skies.
There are variable, color-filled clouds
corals, magentas, rubies
irregular shades of gray and black.
Surprising impermanent weather
patterns appear
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
of evolution.
Recognize the signs.
It’s still too smoky
to fathom the future
in an unpredictable present.
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