Thalassa

by Lee Clark Zumpe



elongated pebble skipping
               just above the cloud-tops,
morose and almost indiscernible—
waiting patiently in slow decay,
               tidal forces merciless at play,
fated to gradually break apart into dust,
collecting in the urn of a planetary ring.


Copyright © 2004, Lee Clark Zumpe



Ring arcs of Neptune


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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