in remembrance of Pompeii (The Bay of Naples at Dawn)

Ashley Ng

Melbourne, Australia

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A slow and lazy Sun did kiss the bay
Another Sun, another Day
With Lips, the Gods did touch the earth
was yet a blessing, but so, accursed

For sweet then acrid came the breath
portended so the dirge of Death
Death supped on life, and so devoured
the years of nectar, now tears of hours

What fury could engorge the Earth?
The Mother, though by rights of birth,
did yet consume her young with burning air
Blacked the Sun with shame and plagued despair?

“I choke the World, and I am Rage!”
“I am a Fire that Jove shall not assuage!”
“Life is a spindle that I have woven”
“And now its thread I break, unproven”

The Mount, that so enraged with fury
forgot the souls, she careless buried
and though a thousand years do pass
a thousand screams of ’gulls,
Remembers Us.

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