Abyss & Apex : Second Quarter 2009: Across The Grimpen Sedge

Across The Grimpen Sedge

by Paul Christian Stevens

Across the Grimpen sedge the surds are trilling.
Two moons are down, and now the green moon’s rising,
And you are restless, Muswae, and I’m willing —
Detach your suckers; come, retract your eyes and
Float, locked with me, towards the soft horizon.

How many moons in sea and surge of fire
Have we swayed here together, you and I,
Our mouth-fronds kissed by wind, like Eiron’s lyre,
Lit by the Lesser and the Greater Sky;
Our brain-rays twisted strands of golden wire?

How many years of opal days and leaden,
Together rolled in concords of sweet scent,
Until your carapace began to redden,
Welding you to me with fierce cement —
Our sweet Apotheosis, Armageddon?

I see the Vishnu Fleet make planet-fall:
Come! Let’s away; Muswae! — This moon no longer
Stirs our tides. I hear the Grimpen call
Its pixilated yearning, its rank hunger.
Come, melt towards it, as our love grows stronger!

The spectral town of Grytthden-Perrzizk-Gruffyr
Spews forth its denizens in vile cascade!
Before they reach us, let us both pass over
The Grimpen, and be gone, my viscous Lover:
Thus planets, stars and galaxies are made!


Paul Christian Stevens was born in Yorkshire, England but lives in Australia. He has an Honours Degree in English and Archaeology, and teaches literature. He has published poems and prose in print and pixel, most recently or imminently in Mannequin Envy, The Barefoot Muse, Shakespeare’s Monkey Revue, The Literary Bohemian, The HyperTexts, London Poetry Review, New Verse News, Contemporary Sonnet, Umbrella, Lucid Rhythms, The New Formalist, Ourobouros Review, Innisfree, Snakeskin, Unlikely 2.0, Centrifugal Eye and The Raintown Review. He edits The Chimaera literary miscellany and The Flea metaphysical broadsheet.



Poem © 2009 Paul Christian Stevens. All other content copyright © 2009 Abyss & Apex Publishing. 

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