Posted by: Ron DuBour | August 8, 2014


Poesy plus Polemics

"Vesuvius and Pompeii" Painting by Robert Duncanson From “Vesuvius and Pompeii”
Painting by Robert Duncanson

Sabine outpost of empire
prosperous socium
subject to caesars
wealthy with wines
and exquisite fertility
art not the least
of its fruits
ripe in hedonist skins
uninhibited tradeport
of cultural pleasures
unchaste that ironically
buried and burned
within moments
of ritual sacrifice
blooming the decadent
fires that lit Vulcanalia

but what avails tribute
to pantheon egos
the mountain spoke
loudly exploding the air
cataclysmic with tropes
of an unhappy earth
cool flesh inflamed
into hot stone in
quotidian poses
beneath brimstone ash
in mere hours of oblivion
given terrible chronicle
wretched of witness
in Pliny’s epistles
to Tacitus
author of histories
neutral of judgments

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