Sunday, July 14, 2019


Read "Inheritance" at The Eldritch Dark:

This is a grim exercise in blank verse from Clark Ashton Smith (CAS), and that closing stanza packs a wallop:

With dustiness and night
Upon thy mouth of stary proud desire,
With slumber for thy dreams, thou wilt repose,
Nor startle when the lazy, loitering worm
Is slow to leave the tavern of thy brain.

The image of the "loitering worm...slow to leave the tavern of thy brain" is practically a complete poem all by itself.  

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