The Birth of an Island
Subterranean rumblings grow.
Huge, Earth shattering tremors start,
triggering white-hot lava flow.
Tectonic plates are pushed apart
in a hoarse, grating staccato
of shrieks that tear at the Earth’s heart.
Molten rock gushes forth, making
the oceans hiss steam, boil and heave.
Tsunamis form, grimly fanning
this chaos out, across the seas.
The birth of a new island, part
of South Seas’ archipelago
means sailors will need a new chart.
Where the black, cracked rocks do not show
how hidden forces ripped apart
the very Earth, larghissimo.
By Jocelyn Wishart of Fairford & District u3a