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meggie royer



Pompeii


In this town they say the volcano opened like a belly
to let the girl in.
That she fell through crimson into darkness
until she became so much smolder.
Someone left a pile of stones and candles for her
in the middle of the square, as if one day we’d wake up
to hear her pelting them at the windows.
Some days it’s enough when it rains
to think of her with opened mouth beneath the smoke,
reaching for one last taste of sky.










Meggie Royer is a writer and photographer from the Midwest who is currently majoring in Psychology at Macalester College. Her poems have previously appeared in Words Dance Magazine, The Harpoon Review, Melancholy Hyperbole, and more. She has won national medals for her poetry and a writing portfolio in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, and was the Macalester Honorable Mention recipient of the 2015 Academy of American Poets Student Poetry Prize.