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One Wild Lady

St Helens, volatile lady,
Is letting off some steam.
She is seething now with anger.
We know not to what extreme.

I remember the eruption in
The year of ninety-eighty.
That fierce outburst proved her to be
A quite hot-headed lady.

She will not tell what ticked her off.
She gets her satisfaction,
Not from talk or boastfulness.
She articulates with action.

So take your puny instruments
And foolish speculations.
She well may have surprise in store
Beyond all expectations.

Don't tramp on her abundant skirts;
That tends to irritate her.
This lady's incensed enough now,
You're foolish if you bait her.

She's given you fair warning
And if you take her dare
You can't run far enough to get
Her ash out of your hair.

By Joyce

Copyright © Joyce Johnson

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  1. Date: 9/9/2010 4:30:00 PM
    Congradulations on having your poem featured Joyce, I am pleased to have read this, enjoyed, and best wishes to your upcoming days..P.D.

  1. Date: 9/7/2010 10:05:00 AM
    Congratulations on your well deserved poetry being featured this week Joyce. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 5/16/2010 5:43:00 PM
    witty poem, enjoyed reading today!!

  1. Date: 5/9/2010 12:46:00 PM
    good one and so true it seems as if the earth is spiting mad aye! scary! Light & Love

  1. Date: 5/9/2010 2:57:00 AM
    A nice personification St. Helens

  1. Date: 5/8/2010 9:58:00 AM
    absolutely love it, I was there almost 4 years ago now, and she was puffing away then too. good one

  1. Date: 5/8/2010 9:37:00 AM
    Great poem here. I also love it on a personal level. I was VERY young( don't want to give away my exact age lol) when Mt St. Helens erupted. I was only a toddler, but I still remember certain images vividly. We were in a motel really close by, and a Ranger came racing in a told everyone to evacuate. By the time we reached the car, it was already covered in 2 inches of ash, and the sun was completely blotted out....very amazing experience. Chris.

  1. Date: 5/8/2010 9:33:00 AM
    Outstanding use of personification and a bit of humor bring Mother Nature's warnings to llife in the actions of the "lady," Mt. St. Helen's. This hits a home run for me and goes to my favorites, Joyce. Awesome! Love, Carolyn