“A Postcard from the Volcano” is a short poem that discusses a big theme like mortality. It expresses a loss that is too massive to take in at once and the speaker is over whelmed in the poem. It’s the anxiety that comes with modernity. It’s the despair one feels when change for the better does not happen. I thought it was very powerful the way the speaker looks into the future, and is speaking to another generation (“children”) while looking back at the present one. It’s a bit eerie. “Postcard” takes a long look at the future and is dwelling on it. He imagines future children as ignorant of their past as we are ignorant of today’s past.