Post-weekend Poetry 024: ‘Poem from Other World’ by Garden Urthark

Welcome to Post-weekend Poetry and the twenty-fourth poem in this series.

This week’s piece is by poet, essayist, short story author and novelist Garden Urthark.

This poem is the final poem written by the hero, Moody Santo, in Garden Urthark’s Other World, an epic mystery in five parts that can be downloaded from Smashwords.  The poem, a sonnet, appears in the fourth part of Other World, which is entitled “Book of Afterlife.”

Let my love be darkness, let it be dark
Dark as a midnight sea.  I feel—I feel
The frantic waves rise upward in their arc
But to fall back to Earth again, and wheel
Back into dark.  O tumultuous One
Of Mysteries who made this sea of blood,
So take away all light from me, no sun
Controls my heart, nor makes it ebb or flood—
Not like the Moon, whose love I seek, whose face
I cannot touch, nor body kiss or hold,
Whose beauty all my yearning to embrace
Is not to reach, and soon I’ll be too old.
Such waves of darkness rise within my heart,
I weep such tears past finding out by art.


Garden Urthark (Writer): A native of Washington, DC, and its suburbs, Garden Urthark wrote the Life Trilogy over a period of over thirty years, devoting over 18 years to Other World.

While a Visiting Student at Gallaudet University, where he worked part-time as an English tutor, he met his wife, Sung, who was one of the students he tutored.

Garden and Sung almost immediately began their collaboration on projects that would combine her art with his literary work.

Sung Kim (Artist):  Born and raised in Seoul, Korea, Sung is deaf. She came to the United States to study art.

A graduate in Studio Art at Gallaudet University, the only liberal arts university in the world for deaf people, she married Garden Urthark and together they have a hearing son.

Sung’s artwork for the Life Trilogy includes reproductions of her oil on canvas paintings, paintings in acrylics, watercolors, and pencil drawings.

Portraits Deep in the Castle is available in paperback from; Other World is available as an eBook from Smashwords.

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