Can you remember?
Each drowning sailor’s final prayer
Quartz rock singing against your molecules
The flames of Pompeii as the lava hissed against you
Nero fiddling as he drunkenly engulfed you
The wooden buckets while London burned away
Noah on deck with his face held up to the rain
The soft caress of ink as Confucius wrote the Analects
Bubbling in vain against the deathly rods of Chernobyl
Cooling Stalin’s sweaty forehead on the balcony
Dripping deliciously from Eve’s sweet apple
Christening each Russian rocket before take off
A mammoth’s scream at the breaking of ice
Can you forget?