The Sea of Ice – DRAFT

Caspar David Friedrich - "Das Eismeer "
Caspar David Friedrich – “Das Eismeer “*

My suffering is nothing in this splendor,
Nothing to the wind and burning cold.
Shards of late orange light fall around me,
Encroaching dusk howls, early stars slide over the edge.
Patterns rise, unknown to me, tales from an alien time.
They watch my progress – they know how it ends.

I struggle on, I make my last offering to her.
She rises – in her own time – to accept.
Queen of keening night, Queen of shearing space.
She laps and folds, tooth over bone,
Every word forced through a rictus grin-
I am no more, I cede all to her majesty,
Her robes the ice of eons,
Her crown the lipless wind.


*image attribution: – Hamburger Kunsthalle – 02″ by Caspar David Friedrich – The Yorck Project: 10.000 Meisterwerke der Malerei. DVD-ROM, 2002. ISBN 3936122202. Distributed by DIRECTMEDIA Publishing GmbH.. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons –

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