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Poem: Lurking Lava

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Lurking Lava

Suppressed below hard crust of rock,

Is lurking lava that crackles and spatters,

Preparing to erupt and crack,

The already brittle walls.


What tames this forced energy,

Is the damp, slippery surface,

That moistens and moulds the heart,

And the pores that breathe.


Be like the waterfall,

That rides the sharp rocks beneath,

These rocks hamper the flow,

But beckon water to the next level.


At last, a pool of stillness,

That hushes the gushing water,

Anger is an illusion,

Rocks have surrendered.


Poem Meaning

Suppressed below hard crust of rock,

Is lurking lava that crackles and spatters,

Preparing to erupt and crack,

The already brittle walls.

I have used lava to describe anger suppressed and the hard crust of a rock to show an individual's resistance to it. Although hard, the brittle walls indicate vulnerability which allows us to give in to anger.


What tames this forced energy,

Is the damp, slippery surface,

That moistens and moulds the heart,

And the pores that breathe.

The pores around a rock indicate relaxation. Human nature with the water element of moisture makes us kind enough to be able to cool down anger, a fiery element. The word 'forced' is meant to show that we don't mean to be angry.


Be like the waterfall,

That rides the sharp rocks beneath,

These rocks hamper the flow,

But beckon water to the next level.

Sharp rocks in this case represent obstacles that form part of our journey and encourage us to move on instead of harping on the negative. They are life hurdles.


At last, a pool of stillness,

That hushes the gushing water,

Anger is an illusion,

Rocks have surrendered.

A waterfall ends with a pool. Gushing water symbolizes life's roughness that comes to a halt at the pool. We will realize that getting upset or angry over rough situations is temporary because in the end they become past events. The rocks are left behind.



© 2018 Li-Jen Hew

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