Thursday, May 13, 2010

Don't Think. Run.

A lady shadowed dark in substance and
Silvered in moonlit outline
Stood as the last resistance and
Breathed in the meantime

Between comfortable sleep and peace and
Chaos. Chaos. Insanity. Death. Blood. War.
And she waited with forced calm like sea sand
Resting tensely undisturbed by the tides thus far.

Distantly a voice rose in barbaric chant.
As a demon's, this voice was many and was one.
It swooped over colorless hills and it slant
Around tree trunks and ruins of forts long undone.

"An enemy new and known in design
Coming down from long ago
And from yesterday's future line
Of light-up plastic hero

We are, and we have sacrificed mercy
On the bronze altar, from which some of its ash drifts
On the sky's sighs and floats up and hurries
On the stale wind in the red cloud to the black rifts

Where stars died screaming swallowed alive and
There the white ash dissipates.
We are enemies revived, and
Disguised reprobates-

Disguised as horror; in reality worse.
Lost. Lost. All is lost. Hope. Mercy. Life. Lost.
Death is our song and we'll sing every verse,
Turn you to dust, to desert, to frost."

The lady, black shadow against less-black sky,
Was not impatient, not caring, not looking for dawn
Rising head and rising lashes unveil an eye
With a fire inside that will burn on and on.

And she heard the death song
And heard the threats, boasts, warnings.
And the lady smiled. And she hummed along.
And all the nights, and all the mornings

And days and years and time and tide
And things accomplished and things not done
And thoughts and memories gathered inside
The lady. And she saw fear and said one word to it. Run.

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