Robert Charles Howard

Rookie - 346 Points (26 DEC 1943 / Wyandotte MI)

Sacred Calderas - Poem by Robert Charles Howard

Above the caldera at Yellowstone,
a brittle soilrock crust
caps a lake of liquid fire
with only fumaroles of acrid steam
and spewing geysers
to slake its upward thrust.

False steps by men or creatures
breach that fragile mantle
plummeting errant ones to
scalding pain or death.

Within us all calderas also roil
brewed of failures, slights and fears -
dissolved in fiery pools
of self-consuming miseries.

Counter to that molten force
we form our culture crust
of forgiveness, love and justice.

With music, art and friendship,
we plant fragrant gardens in our souls
and load our trowels with psychic mortar
to seal the calderas of our discontents.

July, 2006


Comments about Sacred Calderas by Robert Charles Howard

  • (2/28/2008 1:27:00 PM)


    The calming of the rage, something that takes real skill and a very strong heart, , but it is
    all worth the while, for it offers a something that many have had to fight for, , , peace

    a great write Robert

    Love duncan X
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  • Elysabeth Faslund (7/21/2007 8:32:00 AM)


    Oh but how our discontents can erupt like a mega-volcano! ! ! Using the fire-lake as balast for human nature is genius unleashed. Read this and cheer! ! ! Great! ! Elysabeth (Report) Reply

  • (12/29/2006 1:27:00 PM)


    Excellent and apt comparison, and a wonderful reminder of a raw, yet beautful place. -chuck (Report) Reply

  • (7/23/2006 8:14:00 PM)


    this was AWESOME. your metaphors & wisdom - write on Robert, Sus (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, July 23, 2006

Poem Edited: Wednesday, August 18, 2010


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