Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Limestone Cavern

Here is another short poem from Clark Ashton Smith (CAS) that was unpublished in his lifetime.  Since it's not available on The Eldritch Dark, here's the complete text:

Grotesques leaning, 
Hued with verdigris and cream,
Buttress the chambered gloom.

This haiku presents a beautiful portrait of the dense alien environment of a limestone cavern, one of the true wonders of our planet's geology.  The closing phrase "the chambered gloom" is a perfect expression of what it feels like to stand in such an incredible (yet haunting) space.

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