Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
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Poem: "Daemons from the Stars"

This poem came out of the August 6, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] alex_antonin. It also fills the "Dread" square in my 8-2-19 card for the End of Summer Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the Blueshift Troupers series.


"Daemons from the Stars"


Ark was a small world
far out in the Fimbria
whose inhabitants had
long since forgotten
its meaning.

It was therefore
vulnerable when
a spaceship full of
escaped criminals
landed and took over.

They presented themselves
as techno-wizards and
they purported to worship
trans-dimensional horrors
who gave them powers
beyond those of mortal men.

They could conjure food
right out of thin air and
turn sunbeams into swords
that could cut through anything.

They could heal anything
short of death -- and even,
sometimes, reach across
the void to snatch back a soul
that had only just departed.

They spoke of dreadful dimensions
beyond known space and time.

They called themselves
techno-wizards, but the people
called them god-kings instead.

"I have seen beyond the bounds
of infinity and drawn down
daemons from the stars,"
said their leader. "I have
harnessed the shadows that
stride from world to world
to sow death and madness."

The people looked up at him in awe,
and worshipped him as much as
they worshipped the Old Ones.

So what if the techno-wizards
needed the Artifacts of Power
to work their greatest magics?

The oldest legends spoke of
Zooz and his thunderbolt --
all gods and heroes
had their symbols.

It was enough that
the god-kings had come
to Ark to rule the people,
smite their enemies, and
lift a little bit of their burdens.

* * *

Notes:

"I have seen beyond the bounds of infinity and drawn down daemons from the stars. . . . I have harnessed the shadows that stride from world to world to sow death and madness. . . ."
-- H.P. Lovecraft in "From Beyond," November 16, 1920

Zeus is the Greek god of storms who wields a thunderbolt.
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