Iceland’s Strokkur* Geyser


As if a bright blue planet
were just being born,
a steaming, churning, bubble
rises suddenly to burst in the
sky with a surprising force
that blocks out the sun for a
moment or two in a dense
plume of steam gently falling
down to a wet, grey ground,
only to erupt once again.


*Strokkur is Icelandic for churn



Poem by Richard F. Fleck

Richard Fleck’s most recent poems have appeared in his book, Bamboo in the Sun: poems of Japan, 2000