Final Rattle

Dark child

What sickness awaits

beyond your perfect lips?

It must be difficult to conceal

the darkness that lurks

behind your smile.


Just as hard,

is my task

to balance these feelings of sorrow

with the joy

of your touch

Deeply wounded

I now know what I must do

What mission I must complete

I must follow the dark path

to your heart

ignite a flame

so your love may shine once more

I’ll pull you from the darkness

 thrust you into the light

I’ll slay the deceiver

with his own pointed tongue


We’ll stand together

at the beast’s twitching hooves

bear witness to his death

watch the life fade from his eyes

and rejoice

at his final rattle

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