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The Lava Storyteller is a tribute to the island of Saba and my magical ancestors, whose laughter can still be heard at the mouth of the volcano.

"The Lava Storyteller" by Cristina M. R. Norcross

The Lava Storyteller

Author_photo1_cris_small_2013_by Cristina M. R. Norcross08 Jan 2015

The Lava Storyteller

Island of clay, sand and earth –
liquid lava now silent.
You are the land of trees dripping mangoes
and goats clinging to cliffs.

Bare feet read braille –
ancient explosions –
black crumbs and dust from when earth
was the only inhabitant.

Island of Saba –
the earth speaks of ancestors –
still humming the old stories –
still laughing over a bottle of sweet Malta.

Cristina M. R. Norcross
Copyright 2011

Published as the title poem of my chapbook, The Lava Storyteller (Red Mare Press, June 2013)
First published in the November 2011 issue of Verse Wisconsin online as a poem and an audio file: