Pompeii or the Landscape of My Heart

The colourful display at the entrance
veils the dark secrets
of the compound
of pain and golden light
layered in ash and dust.

Petrified memories
excavated and on show
for gruesome excitement and titillation,
distilled tears of pain,
a spectre still lingering.

Hidden rays of sunlight
amongst the scars of scattered ruins
and shattered dreams,
ox blood red and sky blue gold
treasures for those who see.

Manifestos, principles and views
scrawled on crumbling walls,
telling of history repeating
of people changing
whilst staying the same.

Dusty greens and wild flowers
struggling in arid soil,
at dusk an amphitheatre ringing
with golden notes of a flute
played in memory of what once was.

© Sybille Sterk
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I recently happened upon an image of a mural in Pompeii and it brought back memories of a visit to Pompeii a long, long time ago.

The highlight of the visit was one of my class mates playing his flute in one of the remaining small amphitheatres.

One day I’ll go back…



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I am a very creative person and it’s my way of dealing with the world, inside and out. I am only happy when I am making things or painting or writing. There are just not enough hours in the day…. I am into poetry and photo manipulation at the moment and also dabbling in photography. :-)

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  • Poisonlolly
    Poisonlollyover 4 years ago

    beautifully written!! xx

  • Thank you so much. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Cosimo Piro
    Cosimo Piroover 4 years ago

    Went to Pompei early this year… brought it all back with this piece. Nice work!

  • Thank you.

    I found Pompeii very impressive. The memories of it never left me despite the fact it’s been 25 years ago that I’ve been there.

    – Sybille Sterk

  • TheWanderingBoo
    TheWanderingBooover 4 years ago

    beautiful writing

  • Thank you for your kind words. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • charliethetramp
    charliethetrampover 4 years ago

    wonderfull discription both internally and externally of how sometimes the senses ignite our imagination and memory like"the golden notes of the flute" beautiful piece of writing

  • Thank you so much for the lovely comment. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Charmina
    Charminaover 4 years ago

    Memories of remaindings.. memories of past..childhood memories ,beautiful poems..and Pompei is a place one must visit,,you should go again..lovely write—Charma

  • Thank you. :-) Memories of Pompeii have always been with me. One day I’ll go again… :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

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