Miracle. All of it.


Mount Etna on Sicily spews lava as it erupts on March 1, 2017.

(Inspired by:

God, that old furnace, keeps talking
with his mouth of teeth,
a beard stained at feasts, and his breath
of gasoline, airplane, human ash.
His love for me feels like fire,
feels like doves, feels like river-water.

Li-Young Lee, from “This Hour and What Is Dead,” The City In Which I Love You)



  • Photograph: Antonio Parrinello, Reuters, March, 1, 2017, wsj.com
  • Inspired by Albert Einstein’s quote: “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
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  1. Amazing and terrifying.

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  2. Fantastic – the words and the photo

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  3. The power of nature!! 🌋

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  4. There’s something hypnotic about watching lava flow, particularly when it’s entering the water. And for some strange reason, the passage instantly brought Goya’s amazing piece, ‘Saturn Devouring His Son’ to my mind. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saturn_Devouring_His_Son

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  5. powerful

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  6. Incredible!

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  7. WOW!

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  8. How on earth am I ever going to forget this poem???

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  9. Agree with one of the prior comments – fantastic yet terrifying. Mother nature!

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