Posted: September 9, 2016 in Uncategorized

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withrealtoads Out of Standard – Fire from a Different Sun Imagined By
“The challenge – write a poem about a fire that doesn’t come from flames or the sun.  Bonus points awarded for those who are able to avoid using the words “fire” “flames” or any fiery imagery.”


The mountain rises from the plains

to a snow covered peak, hoary head,

ancient, wise, silently watching from

high in the sky, hikers and skiers,

some unaware, others who dare

her smoldering heart. Beware, she

hints, her crater lake warming.

She giggles a tremor, subtle warning.

You’d never know from her façade

sedate, accommodating, a lady…

the hidden depths of steamy passion

or the hissy fit she about to fashion.



  1. Kerry O'Connor says:

    I love the smouldering heart and the hissy fit! This is an imaginative description of the volcano.


  2. Jim says:

    We never know about these things. Like your hissy fit, I’ve been on the receiving end of a few in another life. Also we, in this life, visited Mt. Saint Helen shortly after it erupted. We took a small plane ride down inside and around the crater. Ashes, ashes, all was ashes. The pilot gave our daughter small, 2-3 inch rounded lava rock! It was so very light.
    The wrath of nature can exert very much heat, powerful.

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  3. Sherry Marr says:

    “Her smouldering heart” – great line, and a wonderful response to the prompt.

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  4. Love this! What a fickle lady who smolders her invitation to walk the fire side.

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  5. 1gus1 says:

    I can’t imagine how people can live on the slopes of a volcano – such uncertainty. Lovely writing.

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  6. Brendan says:

    You accord the respect due to those sleeping behemoths of fire. One hissy fit from Krakatoa throttled the Earth’s climate for centuries.

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  7. I’m glad I read all the way down to “hissy fit”. So worth it

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  8. gillena says:

    luv this simmering soul, you have unearthled from these sleeping volcanic codes

    much love…

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  9. Excellent imagery for Ms. Volcano. I love, “the giggle of a tremor.”

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