In a caldera, ancient, the paint pot
Contains, together, each of the four ancient
Elements; the deep heat from very recent
Magma-fire pushing air up through the hot
Mixture of earth and water, thick mud bubbling
In earthen vases, all the splatter-rings
Not settling before the next bubble brings
New splatter-rings. Each bubble slowly troubling
The surface, viewer standing there above,
Magma shallow enough to make its fire
Turn water soon to air. Does it require
Our fear of this beautiful land we love?
These paint pots bubble, hot mud giving birth,
To old forms: fire, water, air, and earth.