Madame Pele breathes out fire
and spits up land into the sea
there is no curtain on the bed of her desire
consuming lives and lands and livelihoods
while we stand on the sidelines
watch her wantonness.
She is life-giver and life-taker
not out of malice
but out of overburgeoning
She is the birth of the new Earth
obliteratress of the fertile places
from her fiery maw.
we bow down to you
we recognise your power
we’ve seen just what you do:
voodoo with rock
and roll down slopes of ever-growing mountain
down into the sunset sea
as you turn to us and softly say:
‘Attempt to tame me at your peril.’
© Experimentsinfiction 2021, All Rights Reserved
Written for Earthweal
Many people express their view of Mother Nature as a passive victim of our murderous rapine and selfishness. I find this viewpoint somewhat dangerous. As the Hawaiians know well, Madame Pele is one of Mother Nature’s manifestations: creator and destroyer of earth. All attempts to tame wild nature ultimately fail, and we will fall victim to our foolishness if we don’t find a way to restore balance. Sharing with Earthweal’s Open Link Weekend.
And here is some Hawaiian music in honour of Madame Pele: