Monday, November 23, 2020

Illumination

Read "Illumination" at The Eldritch Dark:

http://www.eldritchdark.com/writings/poetry/246/illumination

This sonnet from Clark Ashton Smith (CAS) is resplendent with the power of love to reanimate the recipient:


Remembering now your tresses' heavy mesh
A little harsh beneath my pillowed face;
The savor of your bosom and the scent;
Your warmth, a blissful essence immanent,
Flooding my veins in the long unstirred embrace;


I'm often resistant to the charms of CAS' love poems; likely a combination of the inherent clich├ęd nature of romantic poetry and my own dour personality.  But "Illumination" wins me over with sheer beauty and heartfelt appreciation for the ability of one human being to uplift another.

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