Sunday, June 28, 2020


Read "Calendar" at The Eldritch Dark:

Although I often have a lukewarm reaction to the love poems of Clark Ashton Smith (CAS), I appreciate "Calendar" and its interweaving of seasonal motifs with the celebration of shared experiences.  The description of the fall season is particularly moving:

To see with you
The goldenrod become an ashen ghost
And the rose of autumn crumble
And the leaf put on the splendor of the rose,
And the last leaf fall upon the wintry blue
In a wind from the lofty snows;

Although those lines describe the decline of vegetation in the days before winter, the focus is really on the sensation of experiencing those seasonal changes alongside a loved one, two seeing together the transformations brought on by the shortened days of autumn.

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