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Posted by on May 23, 2015 in Historical, Love Poems | 0 comments

Poem: Pompeii

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Step back an eon, look between the pillars; it was always there

its hulking presence sometimes hidden in the mist, but

we knew

down in the crater, that deep and terrible wound

crusted over by time, the last heat

hardened

to a semblance of stone

 

Trace the crack with a finger: these

walls held a family once, each brick

a memory

the sun still shone; odd how that lulled us into

security

looking back…

and though the feelings rumbled under the surface

normality seemed reality

 

look away: that building had another use, you know what

I mean; they paid

for it, yet being free cost us

more; a nice irony, that…

tremors were no warning

until the earth moved

 

The flash of heat took us by surprise

suddenly

a boiling in the blood, molecules

exploding in our veins

a second’s look

in a darkened light

and the ash fell, hardening over our memories

entombing us forever

locked

in that final loveless act of love

 

___

Emily Lock

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