The Lake of Saint Beatus

by Walt Garlington (June 2022)

Lake Thun, Symmetric reflection, Ferdinand Hodler, 1905


Lake Thun,
What did you see
Above your waters?
‘A hermit blazing
With Divine Fire,
Being lifted up
Into the sky.’

Lake Thun,
What now do you see
With your liquid eyes?
‘A giant fiend
Obstructing the mountains—
His legs like iron pillars,
Whose black wings stretch
Across the horizon,
Whose body exhales
A misty vapor
That poisons the soul,
Darkens the heart,
And blinds the nous.’

Lake Thun,
Who can escape
The loathsome beast?
‘He who honors
The Woman clothed with the sun,
With the moon beneath her feet,
And a crown of twelve stars
Upon her head.’


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Walt Garlington was born and raised in that part of Dixieland called Louisiana. A chemical engineer by training, he has spent the last several years writing full-time. He has written essays and poems for The Hayride, The Tenth Amendment Center, The Abbeville Institute, Reckonin’, Katehon, Geopolitica, and USA Really. He writes regularly at his own web site, Confiteri: A Southern Perspective.

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