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Remembering Pompeii

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
portense was such, 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,
consumed her young with burning air
and blacked the Sun, so hid with shame
and plagued forever with despair

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

The Mount, enraged with unjust fury
forgot the souls, she careless buried
and though a thousand thousand years do pass
the screams of lamenting gulls
so curse the name,
Versuvius

Remembering Pompeii

Ashley Ng

Melbourne, Australia

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A poem remembering Pompeii

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