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28 June 2010 @ 09:40 am
Courted: a dirge (funded!)  
Clarion 2010 has started -- and we've made the funding threshold for Courted: a dirge, with some extra rolling over for the next poem!

So -- here it is, posted a litle early because I'll be in a car at noon.

(ETA: tithenai   darlingly provided the title; I still didn't have one for it as of last week.)

Courted: a dirge
for Amal
   
When ice -- mere lace on tree and bone
fills up the cracks and cracks the stone
whose splinter-clouds rain bloody bright
against the queen of winter's white
 
you'll know -- by footprints on her skin
by frostbite -- by your pulse's din;
through ice-shard winds you'll stumble to
the queen of winter's rendezvous.
 
Neither love, this, nor abduction;
deathly beauty -- harsh seduction --
gem-hard, frozen firecrest
adorns the queen of winter's breast
 
and from some cigarette in bed
her heat will dance,  and wail, and spread
From trees to town to fire station --
winter queen's illumination.
 
All night long you'll keep your tryst
breathe out your warmth to make her mist
'round bodies, blackened walls -- and you
-- the queen of winter's rightful due.
 
While any blood runs through your heart
you'll do your captivated part;
past shivering -- past cold -- adrift
upon the queen of winter's gift.
 
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shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on June 28th, 2010 06:19 pm (UTC)
The sickly is pretty chronic. Next year I'm hoping to make wiscon, and I can't really think beyond one out-of-state con just now. But depending on where in the world I end up in a couple years, Readercon maybe convenient :)