(A Sonnet in Hexameters)
by Frank Coffman
Deep! far beneath the Pacific, lies the dark region of R’lyeh.
Strange is the glow of that city! Green, it makes sinister shadows
There ‘mongst the inky obsidian structures, indistinct in that twilight.
Stranger the farmers and husbanders, forms pseudo-manlike—and morphing!
Theirs the great duty to tend to spawn of the City’s detritus:
Some are ophidian—sinuous, slithering horrors, others cephalopod—
Mimicking poorly their Master who sleeps in the City’s dark center.
And there are strange underwater Bat-things with weird scaly wings
Flitting about there—gloom shrouded terrible flyers, fleet in the blackness.
Meanwhile the tenders must nurture carnivorous plants in R’lyeh’s gardens,
Watch ‘oer those waving weeds, poisoning all of those currents of Choas.
Blooms that ooze blood are abundant; all must be carefully tended.
Ranchers who herd nothing of Reason; farmers who grow naught but Fear,
Tending where Cthulhu lies sleeping—dreaming although he is Dead!
Frank Coffman is a retired professor of college English, Creative Writing, and Journalism. He has published speculative poetry and fiction in a variety of magazines, and anthologies. His poetic magnum opus, The Coven’s Hornbook & Other Poems has been followed by his rendition into English Verse of 327 quatrains of Khayyám’s Rubáiyát. His second large collection of poetry, Black Flames & Gleaming Shadows was published in March of 2020. Available from Bold Venture Press and Amazon. He selected and edited Robert E. Howard: Selected Poems.
A member of the Horror Writers Association and the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association. He established and moderates the Weird Poets Society Facebook group.