A day like any other

Monday Meme:

Mold of a victim killed in the eruption of Vesuvius at Pompeii in 79 AD

(When they excavated the ruins of Pompeii, they found cavities that were formed by ash and rocks covering the victims.  Archeologists in 1848 poured plaster into the cavities, and revealed the victims’ forms.  Excavations of the ancient city have been ongoing in this area since 1600s).

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A day like any other, did my mortal coil unwind

Unraveling the impermanence, the folly of mankind

In permanence, my shadow, is all that remains

The screams of fear silenced, by the dark ashen rains

That enveloped my body and freed me from source

In the eruption of creation, that time continues to indorse

The three-dimensional form, nothing more than a veil

Of humanities powerless hold, over the physical detail

5 thoughts on “A day like any other

  1. Very informative context. It really helped set it in one’s mind before reading the lyrical dedication. And what a beautiful poem. Very moving. My favourite lines: “Unraveling the impermanence, the folly of mankind/
    In permanence, my shadow, is all that remains.”
    I think this speaks to more than the shadow left by the victim at Pompeii. It is a rumination regarding the human condition.
    Thank you.

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