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ELEMENTS Part 4: Fire - Pele, Goddess of Fire

Pele, Goddess of Fire

First fire surges from the inner Earth.
Island waters greet the fire goddess
Risen from Earth's fiery core, her birth,
Endows with lava, land from her first kiss.

Exploding from a volcanic shower
Earth spews fire as Pele emerges...
Her hair glows golden in the twilight hour,
Streaming slowly as her passion surges.

Gracefully she moves and quietly creeps
On her burning path toward silver sea.
Wanting all things that she covers, she keeps.
Pele's steamy kisses saved for the sea.

Sorrow's shadowed Pele for timeless years.
Sadness is seen in her ebony tears.

April 30, 2016
ELEMENTS Part 4: Fire - Poetry Contest
Sponsor Brian Davey

*Pele's hair is a form of lava. It is named after Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of volcanoes. It can be defined as volcanic glass fibers or thin strands of volcanic glass (Shimozuru, 1994). The strands are formed through the stretching of molten basaltic glass from lava, usually from lava fountains, lava cascades, and vigorous lava flows.

*Pele's tears
Pele’s tears is a geological term for small pieces of solidified lava drops formed when airborne particles of molten material fuse into tearlike drops of volcanic glass. Pele’s tears are jet black in color and are often found on one end of a strand of Pele's hair. Pele's tears is primarily a scientific term used by volcanologists.


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  1. Date: 5/3/2016 12:08:00 PM

    Choosing the Goddess of Fire is a clever way to approach this theme, Connie. I really enjoyed this poem, and after looking up your link and reading about Pele's checkered history it becomes even more meaningful. gl in the contest. ~ Regards // paul
  1. Date: 5/3/2016 11:07:00 AM

    Your Sonnet is so beautiful and well written, Connie. I love the theme you used to present this form of how fire shapes our earth. This should do really well in the contest. 7+Fav. Hugs, Sandra
  1. Date: 5/2/2016 11:33:00 PM

    Both beautiful and informative wishes
  1. Date: 5/2/2016 3:06:00 PM

    - Really beautiful in pictures ..... the forces of nature and delicious white sand beaches - A wonderful poem, dear Connie - Luck in contest - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
  1. Date: 5/1/2016 10:58:00 PM

    Dear Connie, U r always coming with something new. This is really a outstanding sonnet. I enjoyed every line. Best wishes for the contest.........hugs
  1. Date: 5/1/2016 8:49:00 PM

    wow, now THIS is thinking outside the box too, dear Connie. Great imagery and personification for fire (well, lava). Love it. SEVEN
  1. Date: 5/1/2016 6:46:00 PM

    Connie, this Sonnett is indeed a masterpiece! I love the amazing imagery, rhythm, and flawless flow of this piece. I am sure that it will rank highly in the contest. This fiery beauty deserves a 7! Hugs. Pandita
  1. Date: 5/1/2016 1:23:00 PM

    Great sonnet's on fire lol...GLIC...god bless...^WW^
  1. Date: 5/1/2016 10:24:00 AM

    A winner for sure:) love your out of the box poem here:) really awesome:) a 7:) I'm still thinking on what to write for this contest...
  1. Date: 5/1/2016 9:20:00 AM

    Lovely story Connie. My brother and a pilot flew over one of the Hawaiian volcanoes in a USAF jet while it was erupting in the 70s.
  1. Date: 5/1/2016 8:51:00 AM

    AWESOME poem
  1. Date: 5/1/2016 7:52:00 AM

    Like a phoenix rising from the flames... Loved your sonnet Connie and I like that image..
  1. Date: 4/30/2016 11:37:00 PM

    You xeave a poem based on lore, and science. So very well done. Deserves a 7. Thanks for this poem.
  1. Date: 4/30/2016 9:44:00 PM

    Phenomenon, legend, science, nature, -- all woven into a beautiful poem...Enjoyed a lot...
  1. Date: 4/30/2016 9:24:00 PM

    Well done and educational. Thanks Connie and good luck in the contest...
  1. Date: 4/30/2016 8:52:00 PM

    this is such a marvelous write and telling of a legend...beautiful!! :)