Vibrant Growth, Fragile Hope

deep destructive ash                                  d
    lava frozen thick for miles                      r
        what was, is no more                        a
           still hope, though buried, remains       w
                             Vibrant life pushes   up

copyright ©2016 Terry Boswell
A castor oil plant triumphs, vibrant with life and color, growing through volcanic ash near Pico Do Fogo, Cape Verde despite massive destruction a few months before. Photo: May 2015.
Rebuilding after Pico Do Fogo’s eruption that lasted from November 23, 2014 until February 7, 2015. Photo: May 2015.

To view another post about the volcano on the island of Fogo, Cape Verde, click here.


This is my response to the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Vibrant, and Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Pink or Magenta Flowers.

17 thoughts on “Vibrant Growth, Fragile Hope

    1. Thank you! Yes, that little plant is hanging on like the people who were displaced, over 1,500, when two towns and the surrounding crops were completly covered in lava. The sight of the vast black lunar-like landscape took my breath away on many levels.


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