Dark Floors

by Lee Clark Zumpe

Brooding Hamlet,
prince of icy Oberon's
              tragic cratered landscape,
the darkened floors of your throne room
hint at some ancient heartbreak—
an upwelling of dirty water
following the occasion of your birth:
              a pool of frozen tears.

Copyright © 2004, Lee Clark Zumpe

Oberon, moon of Uranus

Aside from spending hours locked in his spare bedroom working on a new short story or brewing poetry, Lee Clark Zumpe enjoys visiting musty bookstores, reading Lovecraft to his cats, and collecting shells and sand dollars on the beach with his wife. By day, he is a mild-mannered proofreader for Tampa Bay Newspapers. Most recently, his work has appeared in Book of Dark Wisdom, Aoife's Kiss, and Beyond Centauri. He has work scheduled to appear in Weird Tales, Scared Naked, and The Horror Express in the coming months.

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