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Living With The Volcano

By Ashleylister @ashleylister
I guess it's not uppermost in our everyday minds that we are living on the very thin crust of a slowly cooling fireball! However, we all know that earth has a molten core and some of its magma occasionally discharges through fissures in the crust when tectonic plates move apart.
All the evidence suggests that the past several million years were far more violent in terms of volcanic activity, that the planet may be calming down a little in middle age. Nevertheless, the effects of eruptions, when they occur, are both terrifying and beautiful.
My fellow bloggers have already done justice to the spectacle of the volcanic process this week (check out the top ten eruptions of all time in Thursday's blog, for instance), so let me focus on living with the volcano...
Living With The Volcano
Volcanic eruptions, when they occur, are awesomely fascinating episodes, but once volcanos have become dormant (if not extinct) then they are equally awe-inspiring as features of the natural landscape - witness Mount Fuji above, one of the most iconic of vents.
Volcanic slopes are often very fertile, thanks to the ash and minerals they have spewed forth. Therefore people are happy to colonize and cultivate their sides, like happy fleas on the flanks of an enormous beast. They view their tenuous hold as a risk worth taking for the evident benefits, they trust that the beast won't awaken (at least in their lifetime) and mostly they are right. Plus, the views are spectacular.
Living With The Volcano
For a change this week, a somewhat caustic concrete poem inspired partly by the shape of magnificent Mount Fuji and partly by a vignette (sadly often repeated) from a tempestuous past relationship, which served to remind me just how thin a veneer the crust of civility actually is...
V   When you do finally blow your top after smouldering for days over some oft repeated annoyance of which I am supposedly guilty, though am sublimely unaware, of course I know it doesn't help that I merely remark how beautiful you look when you are angry! Not true, by the way, I say this just to mollify or exasperate, take it how you will. I know that after this eruption has disgorged itself you will be more reasonable for a while.
My constant regret is that we're locked into this cycle and you don't appear to know any other
way. To me, it seems so obvious that just to talk would help, but you refuse, preferring to hurl abuse.
It makes me wonder if, more likely when, I'll reach the stage when I'd prefer a little dormancy, even extinction!    Thanks for reading. Keep calm and wax poetical, S ;-) Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to Facebook


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