Today I visited the Museum of Science Boston for the Pompeii exhibit. The plaster casts of the bodies they excavated touched me the most. (Especially the top image of a man, reaching toward a woman during their final moments alive in Pompeii).

The tragic oath

For you have destroyed 
With the elegant smoke

Oracle, I’ve fallen at last
But they were the feast
Of a permanent blast

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