Thursday, March 19, 2020


Read "Concupiscence" at The Eldritch Dark:

Here we have another poem from that licentious Frenchman Christophe des Laurières, a pseudonymous creation of Clark Ashton Smith (CAS).  

In keeping with des Laurière's infamous reputation, he writes of a faun lusting for an unreachable "sea-girl" (presumably a nereid), a prize he holds more dear than his willing (and available) dryad companions:

Then, in a daylong dream, he swings and dallies
Through the close gulfs about her swirling shape
And turns not when familiar dryads come
To tickle his bowed neck with sharpening tips
Of laughter-lifted bosoms, or to snare
His nodding yerd with loops of noon-warm hair:—

It's a classic case of "the grass is always greener", but rendered with enough wit and charm to make "Concupiscence" a fresh take on a familiar theme.

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