Mount St. Helens

John Calderazzo


Before it blew in 1980 I had never heard of it

never seen it from an airplane or high ridge

a tremendous bell of rock & snow

ringing with noonday light

drawing miles of forests

to attention.

Only later

did I see the photographs

the years of dawns & dusks

its Fugi summit glowing bright pin

a paper lantern floating over clouds

as though its secret heart of fire

had been blazing all that time.

From In the Blast Zone, page 36. (OSU Press, 2008)

Full Publication from Oregon State University Press