Pompeiian.

Run away

do not look back one time,

or you will be burned

on each eyelid’s inside,

from the charred remaining figures

that once stood tall with pride;

do not look back one time;

lest you be again shown,

the horror, the terrors of

molten ancient lava flown

turned solidly to stone.

Dignity was lost amongst them,

          each one, too proud to run;

too dumb –

to believe –

the inevitable to come.

Run away

do not hesitate,

never question the instinct

to resist to fate;

The last remaining lifeboats

have been filled –

and barely float

away.

If you are not amongst them

accept that

you will die

today;

and tomorrow

and the next day.

'Vesuvius Erupting at Night' by William Marlow

‘Vesuvius Erupting at Night’
by William Marlow

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