St. Helens, Washington

by Ruby Evans

Under 17 days
of ash, Robert Landsburg
rises and wipes

dust from his backpack.
Unwraps his camera; unwinds
film from its casing.

He’s up on shaking legs;
begins to click the shutter

as the cloud of black
and heat recedes,
and the air shrieks.

He stands and watches
as the mountain