20 January – Mole mountain

What Herculean strength caused this eruption through the fallen white
piling up thick brown snow from below, dispersed by burrowing might?
How strange it looks now standing in a wide flawless sea,
a lone dark mud volcano rising incongruously.
Will any other islands be likewise bravely pioneered?
Or has the exhausted founder simply down and disappeared
after discovering extra resistance pressing on him from above,
and concluding it’s not worth the effort, for money or for love?

20 January - Mole mountain