I see it clearly upon her neck, claws
clutching at Obelia's throat...
... and Vanessa exhausted - unknowing!
|'twas not a thing
but a pain, a pang, a fear...
and the force of stress that
raises it now.
|Lightscape Editor's note: We understand that Larry had been trying to give up smoking during Vanessa's pregnancy!|
For had I not, in all these months, fought it invisibly for the sake of my daughter's future.
|I gathered strength
became a calm and airless void
within an ETNA gasp of polluntant death...
I worked quietly,
I carried, dragged, and stumbled with my beloveds down the mountain towards the sea, away from the larva flows and the choking fumes...
Now and then the smoke would break for a moment and I could see from my vantage point on the ridge, the larva - engulfing houses further down the slopes. A red, oozing, river - which one day will be solid rock - stole back man's constructions and froze them into the earth.
|It was only when we reached the sea and clean air... when I lay them both down... that I first saw Obelia, my darling child, clearly - and realised there was something tragically wrong...|