pale as a sugar moon,
stepped my inviolate and ivory self out into it.
All the ashes flicked
from all the cigarettes ever smoked
by every cabaret singer who ever was,
are small-town stuff
compared to Vesuvius' great burning wave arriving
at out tender bare feet
and above our perfectly sculpted, stupid upturned faces.
My name is Nydia--
I am both blind as a bat and deaf as a white cat,
despite any contrary impression I may have given
All those times we lounged,
and I seemed to listen raptly
to your cocky prating,
my lord and master, purchaser of all my various blooms--
Here I stand in the ignited whirlwind,
with my porcelain fingers wrapped around some random staff,
such that you fly to me in a jealous rage.
In a thousand years, when they find us,
cooked in close embrace,
they will say,
"Behold the low one,
who, by this high one, was owned."
It will be so cute, how you'll think it's obvious
what they mean.
For Artistic Interpretations With Margaret.
Nydia, the blind flower seller, was a popular character from the 1834 novel "Last Days of Pompeii" by English playwright and novelist Edward Bulwer-Lytton. Rogers depicted her wandering through the wreckage of Pompeii as the erupting volcano Mount Vesuvius destroys the city. Her staff and acute sense of hearing guide her around the destruction. Nydia, a slave, listens intently for the voice of her aristocratic master with whom she has fallen in love.
Bulwer-Lytton is infamous for having penned the line "It was a dark and stormy night"