On the Bay of Naples Medwen's bones
Tell me that when Vesuvius erupted,
Waves of lava covered her. With my brush
I uncover her and give her life back to her.
In her arms she holds her master's son,
Who mouths a gold teething ring.
When Medwen asks Paulus the boatman
To take her and the baby into the bay,
Paulus says he can't, he broke his arm.
Cynthia, who I think loves Paulus,
Tries to help him turn over his boat.
He drops his end and they know they won't
Get the boat into the bay. The lava,
I hate to say, covers them again.
Looking at the bay, I think Cynthia,
Medwen, the baby and Paulus aren't dead.
They sail away from the ashes,
The lava, and me. I let them go.