Poem: Lurking Lava

Updated on December 6, 2018

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.



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    • Li-Jen Hew profile imageAUTHOR

      Li-Jen Hew 

      3 days ago

      Alright, Manatita. I get it. Thanks for visiting again to explain. You are always welcome to e-mail me too. See ya!

    • manatita44 profile image

      manatita44 

      3 days ago from london

      Ha ha. I don't even use those you mentioned.

      By pain I do not necessarily mean what we mostly think as pain, just that the individual is hurting inside or in an unhappy space. We all experience this. So when we come to work and are irritable or shout at someone, we could actually be carrying something from the train, bus … home … which is affecting the way we behave.

      The colleague at work just acts as a catalyst to bring it to the fore. Ok, read but I don't want to take up more of your Hub space here. Peace.

      Note: The answer is always the same. More prayers and meditations … a greater attempt at centering ourselves within. Service and gratitude …

      "Peace begins when expectation ends." Sri Chinmoy.

    • Li-Jen Hew profile imageAUTHOR

      Li-Jen Hew 

      3 days ago

      Hi Manatita, I am human too haha. The 'F' word is popular. So I assume that's why it came straight to your mind. Maybe if it was 'crap' or 'shit', the outcome would be different hehe.

      I just realised that bad mood comes from pain from your explanation . It also comes from expectations. Have to lower them. Thank you for your time.

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      manatita44 

      3 days ago from london

      Oh, I see! You like to understand, Li-Jen. I appreciate this. Now I hope you know that as long as I am human, I have problems too. Lol. About 3 years ago, I used the 'F' word for the first time, I think. I was so shocked!

      It was my good fortune to meet the girl the next day and I apologised. She took it in an incredibly good spirit. I guess she knew I was not myself.

      This is what I was trying to tell you -- that when I make mistakes, I do not blame others. I know 100% of the time that my 'bad' mood, if you like, is because I'm in pain and that sooner or later it will pass. I feel we need to see other people that way also. The mother on the bus shouting at the two kids in the pram, may have a hundred reasons why she is doing so. We all carry burdens … we are all doing time.

      Finally, Yoga is the science that teaches you to realise God. However, in Yoga, change must come from within. No one else is to blame. What may make me angry, will pass over the Christ like nothing. Why? So Yoga says that transformation has to take place within. Do I have fears, insecurities, greed, attachments, anger … the enemy is never outside. Always within.

      I am a nurse. If things go wrong, The NMC, my nursing body, will hold me accountable. The Spiritual life is just like that. God won't ask you about your friends or parents, but about you. Ha ha. I hope it's clear now, my sweet. So you see, I'm trying to serve. Cool!

    • Li-Jen Hew profile imageAUTHOR

      Li-Jen Hew 

      4 days ago

      Hey Manatita. I think I get what you mean. The pain is not really externalized and it is up to us on what to do about it. Don't be hard on yourself hehe.

      I'm happy to see you too Manatita! Thank youu! :)

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      manatita44 

      5 days ago from london

      I get upset and apologetic. I see it clearly and know where it comes from. I feel that I'm responsible for my inner and outer state. So if and when things go wrong, I ask myself why it happened. Nearly all the time I'm in pain and really suffer because of my own folly. No one else.

      I see that you are dissecting the layers. So happy to see you writing! Always a joy.

    • Li-Jen Hew profile imageAUTHOR

      Li-Jen Hew 

      6 days ago

      Hello Sean. Haha, that's too sweet of you. Good to have your positive vibe on my page. Thanks for your comment!

    • Li-Jen Hew profile imageAUTHOR

      Li-Jen Hew 

      6 days ago

      Hi Jodah, thanks for your comment. Luckily it was clear enough. I am happy to see you and the rest of the hubbers again.

      Hi Mark, glad you could resonate with the meaning. Thanks!

      Hi Ryan, I appreciate your feedback and thanks for visiting my page.

      Hi Rinita, thanks for being the first to comment and appreciate it as well. Haha, hopefully the poem makes them realise the illusion.

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      6 days ago from Greece, Almyros

      You're growing fast, and you're growing well, my sweet Li-Jen! You see, I have right, you have to listen to Her, She knows...

      Proud of you!

      Sean

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      John Hansen 

      6 days ago from Queensland Australia

      Great job, Li-Jen. I love the comparison here of lava and anger. The poem meaning makes it all so clear and I like how you add that. Good to have you back writing.

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      Mark Tulin 

      6 days ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Beautifully articulated poem and helpful commentary. Hopeful and therapeutic. Mark

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      Ryan Christopher Beitler 

      6 days ago from Allentown, PA

      Beautiful pick. I appreciate how you elaborate on words and their core meaning. Very well written. I personally love rhyme and double compound syllable rhyming. Vivid pictures painted to the reader. So I can appreciate the in depth road you take. I capture readers from a different angle. Don't forget to add a shout out, like a phrase, that may stick out to the reader. Few poets take the time to break down their work so readers can follow their train of thought. Good read and nice work

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      Rinita Sen 

      6 days ago

      Deep indeed, and so well woven. Love the idea of breathing pores, and the realization that anger is really an illusion. Not many people realize this, though, as they continue to focus on the lava rather than the waterfall. Brilliant poem, my friend. You are once again back with a bang.. lol.

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