Friday, December 27, 2019

A Psalm to the Best Beloved

Read "A Psalm to the Best Beloved" at The Eldritch Dark:

This poem from Clark Ashton Smith (CAS) verges into the erotic, especially in the closing lines:

Thy body is a secret Eden
Fed with lethean springs,
And the touch of thy flesh is like to the savor of lotos.
In thy hair is a perfume of ecstasy,
And a perfume of sleep;
Between thy thighs is a valley of delight,
And a valley of peace.

It's a powerful expression of the joys of physical love, and handled in a manner that is not the least bit titillating.  Living as I do in an age of over-sexualized media, as a reader I greatly appreciate CAS' ability to render the many dimensions of love without descending into the voyeuristic. 

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