Tuesday, December 4, 2018

The Messengers

Read "The Messengers" at The Eldritch Dark:


This little poem by Clark Ashton Smith (CAS) is quite a contrast to some of the cosmic and myth-inspired verses by the same author that I have been reading recently.  It stands out both for its brevity and for its commonplace subject matter.  

What I appreciate about "The Messengers" is the lively sense of movement that CAS has captured, beginning with the languorous line "Catching a little wind’s unrest", and gathering intensity with following lines such as "Snared in the tangled zephyr-coil".  It's a pleasant and lyrical rendition of the familiar aerial journey of dandelion seeds.

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