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by RLShaw

Destruction fuelled the terror like petrol fuels a car,

Eyes were harassed by the black, demonic, dusty smoke,

That just kept possessing our lungs,

It was falling, death was falling upon us.

We are the souls frozen in time.

Rivers of murdering, explosive, drowning lava, 

It sprints vigorously to our bodies;

A hungry lion that hasn't eaten for days,

Flooded our skin with scars of traumatic memories,

We were swimming; swimming to our permanent graves,

To be locked, imprisoned, isolated in our last emotions.

We are the souls frozen in time.

Families flee carrying young, innocent, fragile children,

If the monster hadn’t lost its temper, 

Our eyes would see another day

Our ears, hear laughter and our hands touch a loving soul.

We don’t want to be the souls frozen in time.

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5 Reviews

Points: 126
Reviews: 5

Sat Apr 08, 2017 10:23 pm
Sparkawan wrote a review...

Hi! This is my first review as I am new to YWS, so anyone feel free to tell me if I am doing something wrong!

I feel that this poem is really descriptive of the topic you chose, and it was a very interesting topic. I enjoy how you began with the volcanic eruption, and then ended with how regretful the people were that they had gotten caught up in this natural disaster. Another interesting point in this poem is how you compared the volcano to a monster, and how it had lost it's temper causing the eruption.

Very intriguing poem, and I feel that you did a great job.

RLShaw says...

Thank you and welcome to YWS!

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107 Reviews

Points: 9326
Reviews: 107

Fri Apr 07, 2017 8:20 pm
Cadi wrote a review...

Heyhi, RLShaw. I see this is the first work you've posted, so welcome to YWS! I hope you like it here!

I think you've gone for an interesting topic with this poem, and you've done quite a good job of showing us the fear and terror of the Vesuvius explosion. I really like the refrain, and the way you twisted it in your last line - obviously, the preserved remains of the town are the most famous thing about Pompeii, and you're alluding to that nicely.

In terms of improvement, I have a couple of suggestions. Firstly, I think it would be good to take a look at the rhythm of the piece - that is, the flow and pattern of the words. My number one tip for working out whether a poem flows naturally or not is to read it out loud - if you find yourself stumbling over the words in particular places, those might be places that need a little rewording. (Obviously, there are cases where you might want to break the natural rhythm on purpose, to evoke a feeling or underline a point!) For example, in this piece in particular, I stumbled a little over your second line, so I'd consider taking another look at the phrasing there.

Second (although actually, now I think about it, you might want to look at this before you refine the rhythm like in my first point...), the descriptive words you use. I see you've gone for a repeating pattern of sets of three adjectives ("black, demonic, dusty", "young, innocent, fragile"). Repeating patterns like this can be really powerful, but I think in some of these lines, you could perhaps find a slightly more suitable word for the situation. For example, "dusty" is a good choice of word, because it's illustrative of something about the smoke in a way that helps us picture it. On the other hand, I'm not so keen on "murdering" - we already know that the explosion is deadly from other lines in the poem, so I'd be tempted to look for something a bit more specific to describe the lava. Is the lava 'creeping' up, or 'rushing' up? Is it 'glowing' or 'blazing', and so on?

Overall, as I said, this is a pretty good poem about a pretty cool topic. I hope the points I've highlighted above are helpful, either for reworking this poem, if you decide to do that, or for future poems you might write. I look forward to seeing more of your work on YWS!

RLShaw says...

Thank you for your review and I agree with the points that you've made. I definitely will go over and improve this poem.

Cadi says...

You're welcome - glad I could help!

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Points: 11
Reviews: 24

Thu Apr 06, 2017 10:40 pm
JaylinBoykins wrote a review...

Hello! Jaylin here to leave a quick review. I see this is your first published poem so congratulations on your first submit and welcome to YWS! Your poem is great but has some errors that I can help you fix. I have actually made the same errors which is somewhat ironic to me that I will be critiquing the same errors I possessed once upon a time. First, I will start with the lengths of the lines. There are several lines in this poem that are significantly longer than the rest. Make sure you count out your synonyms in the poem or leave it balanced. I will demonstrate this technique at the end of this review. In the first line I think you should change petro

RLShaw says...

Thanks for your feedback! I am going to look back on the structure and improve it. Thank you.

Sorry I didn't realize I forgot to finish it. I apologize for the abrupt ending.

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5 Reviews

Points: 72
Reviews: 5

Wed Apr 05, 2017 2:54 pm
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