to fly over the Channel in an air show
but Neptune was despicable that day
blowing the balloon off course.
Louisa Maud Evans was only fourteen,
what horrors she must have felt
crashing into the indifferent sea
125 years ago.
Now she reposes in Cathays Cemetery,
her body discovered three days later
at Nash, in the vicinity of Newport
one minute soaring free amongst the clouds
and the next moment being blown to her doom,
the Channel a temporary tomb.