Kilauea – Pele Comes to Reclaim Her Lands


Kilauea is one of the most active volcanoes on earth and is currently in the midst of an eruption.  It is located on the southern shore of the big island (Hawaii) and combined with four other, much older, volcanoes form the basis of the Hawaiin-Emperor seamount chain.  It’s been oozing lava since 1983, but in recent weeks after a collapse on the summit started a series of earthquakes, lava started flowing in greater quantities.  Researchers aren’t certain how long the flow will continue at this early stage in the eruption.

Pele Comes to Reclaim Her Lands

Simmering, bubbling

Fountains shooting

Fire and smoke

Make you choke

Molten rock from underground

Surface like a battleground

Lava boiling, lava roiling

Flying rock, volcanic ash

Hot steam and noxious gas

Earthquakes, tremors

Burning embers

Sulfur dioxide, methane

Dirty skies, acid rain

Open fissures getting bigger

Threads of lava slide and slither

Spewing up through open cracks

Cutting like a red hot axe

Burning trees and underbrush

All now grey that once was lush

Unstable ground all around

Power lines are coming down

Homes are burning

Magma churning

Intense heat

Heaving streets

Orange knife glowing

Damage growing

Evacuation warning posted

Leave or get roasted

Watching from the dirty sand

As Pele comes to claim her land


More Volcano Information

To stay updated on this and future eruptions, visit the Hawaii Center for Volcanology website

History of Kilauea

USGS Volcano Hazards Program

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I write about everything and sometimes nothing at all. I'm fascinated by old things, rusty things, abandoned places, or anywhere that a secret might be unearthed. I'm passionate about history and many of my pieces are anchored in one concept of time or another. I've always been a writer, dating back to my youth, but the last decade has been a time of growth for me. I'm continually pushing the limitations of vocabulary, syntax, and descriptive phrasing.

2 thoughts on “Kilauea – Pele Comes to Reclaim Her Lands

  • May 8, 2018 at 8:48 PM

    Inevitable, sooner or later Hawaii would be stirred up and the natural process of eruption ensue. I do hope for all those living there that it calms down soon. The force of nature is inspiring and deadly. Nicely phrased and penned Ralph. Great work.

  • May 8, 2018 at 10:09 PM

    A catastrophic event, indeed. Nature, as Tony rightly says, is inspiring and deadly. I often wonder why people would live near volcanoes, but, then I grew up under the grace of the majestic Mount Rainier. People love her and fear her. It is fortunate no one has been killed by Kilauea. This is great work you have here, Ralph.


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