In the ladder gyre of the Age of Broeudhe-bas:
Grimm's lawyer gains the heir to a corpse of hardened ash—
His first voyage of spiritual apocalypse will be undertaken upon
The tipping point of ten thousand tons of monastery burnt black;
His psalms of revelatory verse, lacking pain and fevered speech,
Grinned without color, discount his claim to lyrics of fire.
Brittle monstrosities surface in data from scientific journals,
From skeletal pages fragile, faintly yellow and nearly
Asymmetrical bodies, earthen and nightmarish, emerge from
In unquiet thirds, rashly unearthed from extinct sediments.
Disrupted small light begins to swirl within an obsidian burl
Separated from the good and secretly buried under soil
Once the ruins of a winter empire in the valley of the sun.