Mt. St. Helens

May 18, 1980 defining moment


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The Writer

Pam Hicks

Forty years of educational experience teaching age five to eighty-five. Now I write fiction full time. What is it Cat Stevens sang? "I am poor, but I am happy!" It's not easy following my bliss, but it is now and forever more, worth it!


A Volcano Selfie

May 18, 1980

It took thirty-five years

To rise above the ash

And fill deflated lungs

With pure creative air

Grabbing fast to the

Self-sustaining branch

Of realized potential -

Though almost too late:

Gray in hair, fleshy body

And a wee bit stooped,

It takes longer to grasp

The word flying overhead

But I do. I have learned

Patience teaching others

While denying my true

Selfie - a reality shot

Not taken, until now.

See pictures in PDF: Mt. St. Helens Eruption