The Volcano


Pompeii 1997

My first introduction to volcanoes was from a children’s book that described a farmer plowing his field, and the mountain behind him coming to life. Mount Vesuvius erupted, famously, in 79 A.D. and buried Pompeii, where I took the photo above, and Herculaneum. Many people died. Pliny the Elder wrote about the eruption and perished in the undertaking; his nephew, Pliny the Younger, dutifully (there is something to be said about being the youngest child) recorded his uncle’s fatal voyage..

Why write about this now? There is a volcano in Indonesia that’s erupting as I type, and from some of the photos I’ve seen, people are way too close to it. I’ve seen photos of bare feet stuck to the ground, no doubt the owner of those feet was looking in awe at the towering cumulous cloud of ash. I want to jump into the photo and scream, GET AWAY FROM THE VOLCANO!

I’m so tired.

Author: Virginia Wagner Galfo

These are scary times. Prepare yourself to take a stand for what is right. God damn it, just be kind!

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