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Author Name: FreeaRomnceHasFallen 7 Comments
Date Added: July 07, 2009 17:07:41 Average Score: (Needs 2)
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79 AD
We've found our peace beside this rock
So peaceful in it's majesty
Little do we know of it's haunting past
We speak nothing of tragedy

Seventeen years have gone since then
The Earth shook and roared
The rock stayed firmly in it's place
But shook us to the core

And like the rock, we all stood strong
Replaced all of the pain
It wouldn't be long until we'd see
The ashes fall like rain

The ground, it trembled for some weeks
Yet it was nothing new
The rivers dried and a cloud appeared
From which everything flew

Some were sitting content in their homes
Unaware of impending doom
Tall and tapered as some kind of tree
Was this dark, demonic plume

Fire and ash engulfed the mountainside
As a blanket in our sleep
Some would flee while others just hid
But the ash was getting deep

And soon our town would be buried away
Along with those who stayed
I mourn for those who knew no better
As they knelt down and prayed

I turn and see this rock once calm
Enraged as if provoked
I turn my eyes to see those who flee
Asphyxiating in the smoke

The smoke would clear and the sun appears
Though pale as in eclipse
The rock has stolen the town I dearly love
Still choking in her grips

Most still lay calm in their natural crypts
Their memories will remain
Unaware but content of their resting place
As the ashes fell like rain.

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Comment By: FreeSteve on July 27, 2009 05:18:54 AM Report
Congratulations on your award !
Comment By: FreeBruce A. Peaslee on July 26, 2009 03:03:19 PM Report
John - The day Pompeii was destroyed by Vesuvius was a horrendus day indeed.  What fascinates me is the amount of remains that were found were of people, encased in lava in-situ, bespeaking the quickness of which they succumbed to the eruption.  Fascinting work.



Comment By: PremiumAnn on July 20, 2009 09:49:09 PM Report
Congratulations, nicely done.
Comment By: FreeMoon Fairy on July 20, 2009 06:19:26 AM Report
Excellent write. Congratulations!

Comment By: PremiumJoe McNinney on July 20, 2009 04:47:45 AM Report
Terrific piece of writing here. You did a great job John, congrats on the award. Joe
Comment By: FreeLady Dragonwyck on July 19, 2009 06:58:00 PM Report
John:  congratulations on the Feature PoemAward for this great write.


Lady Dragonwyck  

Comment By: FreeLady Dragonwyck on July 11, 2009 11:55:26 AM Report
John:  beautifully written. 


Lady D


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