Tuesday, January 15, 2019


Read "Fairy-Lanterns" at The Eldritch Dark:

I'm assuming that in this brief poem Clark Ashton Smith (CAS) is referring to Calochortus albus, a small plant that is native to the Sierra Nevada foothills where CAS spent most of his life. 

There is nothing deep or dramatic in these brief lines, but as ever we feel CAS' strong connection to the ideal of beauty: 

I know this flower has lighted me
Nearer to Beauty's mystery,
And past the veils of secrets new.

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