GEYSER
(Yellowstone)

The ground groans.

The water, scalding,
aching to break free,
shoots like white lava
into a womb of sky.

Then, after only
seconds have elapsed,
all is silent, still, serene.

The water rests, calm
as cooling sweat, upon
the craggy skin of earth.

The moment holds,
tight as lovers' kisses
when it's time to part.

  --- David Meuel

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DAVID MEUEL's poems have been published in dozens of literary reviews and magazines in both the U.S. and Canada, including periodicals such as Dominion Review, POETS ON, Pearl, Bellowing Ark, The Adirondack Review, and the Black Fly Review. David's book, Islands in the Sky, received First Prize for Poetry in the 1997 National Self-Published Books Awards sponsored by Writer's Digest magazine. He says, "A favorite quote of mine is by environmentalist David Brower: 'The wild places are where we began. When they end, so will we.' "  David Meuel lives with his wife and son in Palo Alto, California.
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