Sunday, January 3, 2021

Dying Prospector

This short poem from Clark Ashton Smith (CAS) was unpublished in his lifetime, and is not available on The Eldritch Dark, so here's the complete text:

With my shovel, pick and bar,
I shall dig
The shining placers of the moon
And the star-
Loded mines.

Mines played a role in CAS' own life in and around Auburn, California.  At various times CAS did mining work himself, and found source material for his sculptural work therein.  And so in "Dying Prospector" CAS gives us a portrait of an eternal digger, whose quest for riches will not be impeded even by death itself.

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