Clark Ashton Smith


Exorcism


Like ghosts returning stealthily
From those grey lands
Palled with funereal ashes falling
After the burnt-out sunset,
The mists of the valley reach with wavering, slow,
Malignant arms from pine to pine, and climb the hill
As fatal memories climb
To assail some heart benighted and bewitched. . . .

And once they would have crept
Around me in resistless long beleaguerment,
To lay their death-bleak fingers on my heart:
But now
My memories are of you and of the many graces
And tender, immortal, mad beatitudes of love;
And every chill and death-born phantom,
Made harmless now and dim,
Must pass to haunt the inane, unpassioned air;
And only living ghosts
Of raptures gone or ecstasies to be,
May touch me and attain within the circle
Your arms have set about me.

Submitted: Friday, April 04, 2014
Edited: Friday, April 04, 2014

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Exorcism by Clark Ashton Smith )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. My Dear Sweet Kira, Michael McParland
  2. The Writing Competition!, Denis Martindale
  3. Daru Piyo, Talk To The Girl And Do Naxal.., Bijay Kant Dubey
  4. Love and Strange Horses—Intima', Nathalie Handal
  5. debris, oskar hansen
  6. Les Éventails, Portraits of Passion, Nathalie Handal
  7. The Hooked & Crooked Men As The Communis.., Bijay Kant Dubey
  8. Star chat........., SALINI NAIR
  9. Chicane, Col Muhamad Khalid Khan
  10. Just A Few Simple Words, Electric Lady

Poem of the Day

poet Sir John Suckling

Dost see how unregarded now
That piece of beauty passes?
There was a time when I did vow
To that alone;
But mark the fate of faces;
...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

poet Elizabeth Bishop

 

Member Poem

Trending Poems

  1. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  2. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  3. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  4. Sonnet I, Sir John Suckling
  5. Exposure, Wilfred Owen
  6. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  7. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  8. Talking Turkeys!, Benjamin Zephaniah
  9. Hero, Siegfried Sassoon
  10. O Captain! My Captain!, Walt Whitman

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]