Timanfaya - a poem

Close your eyes, he said,
words curling and snapping like a bullfighter’s cape. 
You are on another planet, another world.
I swam in foetal darkness,
eyelids trembling.

I opened my eyes
A veil drew back
Black hematite graves.
All oxygen burned away
taking my breath,
a violation of the earth.

The ground opened as a flower;
hot pollen flowed
The sea roiled and boiled,
a salty orgasm rising
up to extinguish the sun

A wrong turn and we would fall off the mountain.
Impaled on jagged lava,
a writhing, upturned beetle. 

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