Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Aphrodite Rising

Recent earthquakes off the Oregon coast are said to resemble those that occur before the eruption of a volcano.

The seafloor trembles. Forests of kelp
sway uneasily in the windless deep.
Starfish prying open scallops
pause.

Waters break. A molten island rises
from the ocean’s womb, the new Aphrodite
astonishing legions of admirers with her
rocky shores—

lifeless and scalded with steam, until
a winter of Pacific rains cools the divine fire
and then the birds come to lay eggs
and drop seeds.

Poefusion's Monday Mural was titled "Aphrodite". The image doesn't really go with the poem, though.


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4 comments:

Michelle Johnson said...

This is really good, Tiel. I really like the way you used the Monday Mural in a different light. You've taken something happening right now (not so beautiful) and diverted it to a beautiful poem. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful poem. Have a nice night.

Jamie said...

Beautiful poem and here is a beautiful Venus by Another Name rising from the sea.

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

What a great post for quake. You are very, very good at this. Have a wonderful MM. :)

Corina said...

Interesting how something that can be so destructive can actually be creating something else at the same time.