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Volcano at the Edge of the Sea: a Poem

Updated on March 11, 2018
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As a lifelong reader and writer, Liz writes articles and poetry. She also enjoys watching and reviewing movies.

Volcano at the Edge of the Sea


(Or, The Volcano Meets the Sea)

I am fire;

You are water.

You drown me, chill me;

Stifle my being.

I am water;

You are fire.

Your overbearing heat

Abuses me; my soul

Escapes as steam.

We, together,

Fire and water, are nothing:

In our meeting,

We each

Cease to exist.

About This Poem

Originally written back in December of 1993, with a revision in May of 2015, the poem reflects the pure scientific facts of what happens when lava flows into the sea.

Though I admit, artistic license is used in the final stanza; for indeed, the lava merely changes its form, but it still exists. It is the water that is evaporated and disappears.

It also serves as a metaphor for the state of the marriage I was then in; I am a Pisces, a water sign, he was a Cancer, a fire sign, and I felt very much 'evaporated' in spirit.

© 2015 Liz Elias


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    Liz Elias 

    6 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Thank you so verymuch, manatita44, for your high praise. I'm most pleased you so liked this poem.

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    6 years ago from london

    Exquisite poem, DzyMsLizzy.

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    Liz Elias 

    6 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hello, Ann!

    Thanks so very much for your compliment and praise. I'm delighted that you are enjoying my old poems. ;-)

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    Ann Carr 

    6 years ago from SW England

    Perceptive idea; that does indeed happen. Then more takes over and so the cycle continues. I loved this, as I do all your poems.


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    Liz Elias 

    6 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hi there Flourish!

    Yes, well, that "complement" was my ex, and it was as I was realizing that we were headed for divorce that this poem came about. ;)

    I am now married to my soulmate, who is a proper complement, and a charismatic match. ;-)

    Many thanks for your observant comment.

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    6 years ago from USA

    Meeting a charismatic match isn't always the best fort both parties. Sometimes we need our complement.

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    Liz Elias 

    6 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Thank you, Kevin, for the vote, share and pin. I'm glad you liked this poem.

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    The Examiner-1 

    6 years ago

    Very true. They both cancel each other out. I voted up, shared and pinned it.


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    Liz Elias 

    6 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hi, Shauna - Yes, a mismatch, indeed, whether in nature or in a relationship. ;-) Thanks so much for stopping by.

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    Shauna L Bowling 

    6 years ago from Central Florida

    Sounds like a mismatch to me!

  • DzyMsLizzy profile imageAUTHOR

    Liz Elias 

    6 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hello, Lee;

    I'm glad you enjoyed this poem. Thank you so very much!

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    Lee Cloak 

    6 years ago

    A very enjoyable piece, lovely to read, Lee

  • DzyMsLizzy profile imageAUTHOR

    Liz Elias 

    6 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Very perceptive, Jodah; there was indeed a hint of a relationship issue in the background of that poem, given that it was written as I was finding myself in the throes of a divorce. ;-) I used the volcano as a metaphor. ;-)

    Thanks very much for your comment; much appreciated.

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    John Hansen 

    6 years ago from Gondwana Land

    Very scientific poem Mslizzy. Very true too..many relationships end like that :)


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