buried in time for thousands of years.
In Baia, near historic Naples,
the ruins of an ancient resort were uncovered
where Romans bathed but also
a sinister narrow labyrinth led
to the revered Oracles of the Dead.
Wealthy clients slowly descended,
the temperature increasingly stifling
in volcanic rocks on the way
to the legendary River Styx.
They arrived at the Sanctuary
where a priestess in the cramped stony room
then relayed her messages from the tomb.
The oracles were high on drugs
dancing with the zeal of the possessed,
a money spinning exercise from antiquity
like the mediums of Victorian times.
But perhaps a few saw the future
and were really in contact with a ghost
long ago...by the Italian coast.