I thought I understood the geology of us. I measured your faults. I studied your sulphur springs. It wasn’t enough.

With each word you drill down deep – crust, mantle, core – and I erupt.

This post was made in response to the Trifecta Writing Challenge weekend Trifextra prompt:

On to the weekend challenge. As you’ll recall from your elementary science class days, the structure of the earth can be divided most simply into three sections: core, mantle, crust.

Give us 33 words from it. Interpret the prompt however you wish–literal, metaphorical, or somewhere in between.

20 responses to “Geothermics

  1. This is really good writing. Great job with the prompt.

  2. This is intensely personal and stirring. Nicely done.

  3. Very good. Great description of a relationship.

  4. words can hurt so much. this is well done.

  5. Good one! Visceral and moving. So easily recognizable!

  6. This is intense for only 33 words! Amazing!

  7. Powerful images! Well done!

  8. oh, lovely, powerful, metaphorical volcano 🙂

  9. I don’t know how you do it each week…another great response! I swear I have felt this – especially the drilling down deep with words. Those darn buttons get pushed and watch out 🙂

  10. It’s unfortunate that I know EXACTLY what you’re talking about. So accurate–this feeling of angst and eruption! I love your play on words, and the title, too!

    • Ah, but it’s not always a bad thing, for someone to drill so deep. I meant it to be taken both ways. The line between passion and fury is so unclear…

      • I came back to reread… Interesting–I’m usually a glass half full person, but this must have really struck a nerve with a certain relationship I know of, in a glass-totally-empty way. 🙂 Thanks for the clarification. Now I love your piece even more.

  11. As always, I am blown away by your writing. I don’t know what it is about your ‘voice’, but there’s something there so smooth and easy that I admit it makes me envious upon occasion…

  12. Loved the word”geology” as u used it here:-)Fault lines -wow!Yes,drilling for the hidden core through all that is on the surface & then the climax-or is it the anti-climax?;-)Wonderfully inlaid meanings Christine-I can see what you meant ,now:-)

  13. Wow! This is beautiful Christine – “I measured your faults” and “It wasn’t enough” – awesome imagery! Great take on the prompt.

  14. Powerful piece. And that last line! Tweet that shit!!

  15. I love this! Very powerful piece indeed! I felt very moved and felt the pain and anguish associated with a… not so favorable relationship! Good work! Haha I like what KymmInBarcelona said and I have to agree, “TWEET THAT SHIT!” haha

  16. Hadn’t thought of it that way, but yes. It really is.

    Nice take.

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