In honor of Seattles current fascination with the giant squid, first manifested at the Burke Museum this fall, and now at downtown art enclave McLeod Residence courtesy of fiber artist Cassandra Nguyen, heres Lord Alfred Tennysons 1830 poem The Kraken:
Below the thunders of the upper deep,
Far, far beneath in the abysmal sea,
His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep
The Kraken sleepeth: faintest sunlights flee
About his shadowy sides; above him swell
Huge sponges of millennial growth and height;
And far away into the sickly light,
From many a wondrous and secret cell
Unnumberd and enormous polypi
Winnow with giant arms the lumbering green.
There hath he lain for ages, and will lie
Battening upon huge sea-worms in his sleep,
Until the latter fire shall heat the deep;
Then once by man and angels to be seen,
In roaring he shall rise and on the surface die.
Show ends Dec. 29.
Dec. 12-29, 2007