Sunday, December 14, 2014

[Poem] The Deep Ones

One of my poems that's been regularly anthologized since its first appearance in Illumen magazine in 2007 has been "The Deep Ones." It's also appeared in On the Other Side of the Eye, Future Lovecraft, DEMONSTRA and the forthcoming How to Live On Other Planets from Upper Rubber Boot books. It takes its cue from the Weird fiction of H.P. Lovecraft and other writers since "The Shadow Over Innsmouth" but I don't think you necessarily need to have read the source story to get it. Recently received some fun concept art for the concept, so I'm sharing it with you here this weekend.

There still aren't many pieces of visual art exploring the idea to its fullest, but this is a fun and fanciful start. Maybe this next year we'll see a change to that.

The Deep Ones

From the sea we come,
From the sea we come,
Our mouths, the inns of the world,

The salt of the earth unwelcome
At the tables and charts of
Explorers who expect:

               Commodity and pliant territory
               Kingdoms, not wisdom.

               Blood, not heaven’s children.

We grow with uncertain immortality
At the edge not made for man

Bending, curving, humming cosmic—
Awake and alien

Our mass a dark and foaming mask,
A bed of enigma to certain eyes

One with the moon,
One with the stars,
One with the ash that whispers history

In the same breath as myth and gods
Whose great backs yawn before us

As we change with a growing tongue
Growling amid the dreamlands

              We built one blade, one leaf, one golden wall at a time.

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