Here's another poem from Clark Ashton Smith (CAS) that was unpublished in his lifetime, and is not available on The Eldritch Dark, so here's the complete text:
Bringing the wine-jug and the loaf of bread?
Among many poems of love that CAS wrote over his career, this one stands out for its stark recollection of the good days past and the darker days of the present. A passionate affair is recalled in the first stanza, only for the rest of the poem to give way to regrets over what once was, but is no more. The closing lines are particularly devastating:
There are no other footprints than my own.
Although the beauty of "In Time of Absence" has a melancholy nature, it is nonetheless a remarkably effective poem. I cannot help but be surprised that CAS did not choose to include this one in either of the Arkham House collections of his poetry that were published during his lifetime.
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