Thursday, March 11, 2021

Sunset Over Farm-Land

Read "Sunset Over Farm-Land" at The Eldritch Dark:

I believe this haiku from Clark Ashton Smith (CAS) refers in the last line to Malva sylvestris, or "common mallow", which is an invasive weed species in the United States.  

CAS seems to be describing airborne remnants lingering over a recently plowed field, before all the floral debris has settled back to the ground.  As a reader, I find it somewhat difficult to envision the image the poet is trying to convey, perhaps because (despite a brief sojourn in farming when I was much younger) I haven't really experienced the sort of event that CAS is writing about.

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