Pliny the Younger

Pliny the Younger

A Poem by LKBillips
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Poem based on his letter on what happened the days following Vesuvius eruption

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Pliny the Younger

The plumes of smoke I can yet see

Within my waking mind

The fear that once encompassed me

And the darkness we would find

 

Along the shores of Misenum

My uncle’s ship did dock

We did not know what was to come

Of spewing ash and rock

 

He set off in courageous fashion

To save his friends that day

He did not know he would succumb

Like the poor souls along the bay

 

Pumice blotted out the sky

And darkness it did fall

The women and children did surely cry

In horror they did call

 

The flames remained some distance off

But ashes fell like snow

The air it hurt and made me cough

And we wondered where to go

 

We shook the debris off ourselves

And prayed the sun to see

Nothing mattered, not age nor wealth

When disaster you must flee


I wondered what became of them

My good friends of Pompeii,

My cousin in Herculaneum

Did they make it through the day?

 

Vesuvius engulfed them I found out

With flame and molten ash

I’m glad I took the safer route

And fled the fiery flash

 

My uncle he did rescue few

A hero he died indeed

Even with the inferno spew

He did not concede

 

Forged in fire, entombed in flame

Lost in ash and time

Hidden they would remain

If not for a curious mind.

 

LK Billips


© 2018 LKBillips


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Superb. When I saw the title I wondered if it was he who kept diaries of the eruption. (i can never remember if he was the one who had wild medicinal cures for illnesses like epilepsy (bathe in warm jackals blood)
I have a fascination of volcanoes, especially this, as it is probably the best documented in history.
What an amazing and dreadful sight it must have been, unfolding before his very eyes.
A unique perspective indeed, as your words are too. Love it.

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LKBillips

1 Year Ago

Thank you Lorry. I found this tale super interesting and his account as well.



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well done ..enjoyed the form, meter and rhyme ..not easy to do without becoming trite or flippant ... love history lesson .. had to look up Pliny ;) i think remembering what happened at Pompeii is noteworthy .. so many lost souls .. bodies preserved in striking repose .. its mournful eh!? really glad i stopped to read LK .. sound writing and theme
E.

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Great imagination from a wonderful storyteller (that means you).
I don't think great historical events can be written properly with the exception of being there to witness it personally

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In the Navy, we had shore leave in that area many times. Seeing Vesuvius with smoke still rising, I couldn't help but think of Pompeii and the terror that mountain was capable of. I think this great poem does justice to the tragic event that occurred so long ago. Hopefully, never again.

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LKBillips

1 Year Ago

Thanks for reading and sharing your personal observations. I've never been to the area, but it must.. read more
this is like reading one of the classic poets...such perfect beat---really strong imagery...a flowing read...
j.

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LKBillips

1 Year Ago

Thanks so much Jacob! Liked you liked it!
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An excellent poem!

As one who studied Roman History extensively, your title really caught my eye. I am well versed on the life of Pliny and many of those who came before him and your poem, in its well constructed rhythm and flow, took me back to my days of reading about the destruction of Pompeii. Congratulations for taking a poetic approach to an historical incident. Something I appreciate as an Ancient History devotee.

Well written and conceived.

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LKBillips

1 Year Ago

Thanks Doodley! I love history too. Especially mythology and how it differs in different regions. .. read more
A well-chosen topic with a nice easy-reading style.

100/100

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LKBillips

1 Year Ago

Thanks Relic! I love when you grade me! You're always so generous. Have a great day. :)
A perfectly constructed ode with rhyme & rhythm & originality. I've always been fascinated by Vesuvius & I love it when writers find far flung ideas to write about. You make this tragedy feel more personal, showing snapshots of a few who might've been there. I love your ending, since it's curiosity that has kept this buried tragedy alive all these years! (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

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LKBillips

1 Year Ago

Thanks for the kind review Margie! Have a good one. :)
Have watched many a documentary on the eruption of Vesuvius. Fascinating but an overwhelming disaster for those who experienced that terror and you can not fail to be moved by the stories of those that didn't get away. You have conveyed this really well in your lines from the perspective of Pliny the younger. First rate poetry.

Chris

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LKBillips

1 Year Ago

Thanks Chris. I was always fascinated by this tale and to find a first hand account was really inte.. read more
Superb. When I saw the title I wondered if it was he who kept diaries of the eruption. (i can never remember if he was the one who had wild medicinal cures for illnesses like epilepsy (bathe in warm jackals blood)
I have a fascination of volcanoes, especially this, as it is probably the best documented in history.
What an amazing and dreadful sight it must have been, unfolding before his very eyes.
A unique perspective indeed, as your words are too. Love it.

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LKBillips

1 Year Ago

Thank you Lorry. I found this tale super interesting and his account as well.
A great portrait of the times and a sad and overwhelming disaster. You did a great job getting the feel of the fear and the times. I will always remember this when I drink Pliny the Younger craft beer now....lol. Great piece of writing!!!

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Crowley

1 Year Ago

Its Russian River Brewery, and both the Pliny the Younger and Pliny the Elder Beers are world renown.. read more
LKBillips

1 Year Ago

And so the quest begins! lol
Crowley

1 Year Ago

I'm here to send you on adventures...just sayin'!!!

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