(i) - The Storm Breaks
Gathering storms crack briefly on the darkened horizon and I pause, gazing at the light as it flashes across the sky, and in a moment of clarity, I saw you, surrounded by the denizens of nightmares, sitting proudly in the self-obsessed delusion that is your throne of twisted thoughts.
Your acid tongue and razor eyes cut me with a glance and in that brief, dying second, I see you as you are, see through the haze of your deception, the clouds of misdirection you hide within, fall swiftly on the truth of the spinning world of lies you have created.
Whilst your world spun, bloated corpses floated on the canal of fetid waste that you feasted upon. Unsuspecting victims falling foul of your creation and devoured, trapped lovingly in the web of your deceit and stabbed in the heart with poisoned blades, sharpened by a lifetime of use, honed to the bitter point of finality.
As the storm breaks, truth dawns.
(ii) - Veiled Shadows
Dancing in the veiled shadows of old clichés
Grasping at the bleeding veins of tortured hearts
Sucking on the sockets of shallow vacant eyes
Feasting on the bloated corpse of another’s dreams
A world created in a crimson tide of betrayal
And in that last flash of recognition, I see you
A clouded vision of freedom spirals in the dark
And truth stabs like blades scything through life
Forged in furnaces fuelled by endless devotion
Righteousness tainted by misguided direction
A twilight existence nurtured in the depths of depravity
And in that final moment of truth, I know you
In the silence of your mind dark voices scream
Impassioned pleas for reason go unheard
Heralding in the dawn of demonistic subjugation
Bellowing incantations to a fractured acolyte
Commanding true obedience to the litany of death
And in the end, I understood
I understood how I fell for you
Understood my dedication to you
Understood the changes you made in me
Understood what it meant, to be
Understood that look in your eye
Understood every sweet, innocent lie
(iii) - Beguiling Seductress
I fell hopelessly for the lies you fed, regaled in your beauty and promise of deliverance from this turgid existence. You swallowed me whole with the hope that you promised, hope far and above the mundane trivia of a life surfing on the rising tide of humanities’ decline. Clutching at the precious threads of a dissolving world, you snared me, my own personal seductress.
The picture you created spoke to me of freedom, a release from the tortures of my mind. Wrestling in the arms of discontent, I found enlightenment in you, the clarity of thought that would embrace a path, clear and with purpose; a tantalising glimpse into the serendipity of enlightenment. And as I tasted the sweet splendour of your ruby lips, I succumb to your charms, trapped by the immaturity of a mind infatuated, and in that moment I was yours, trapped, ensnared, chosen.
(iv) - Bewitched
Your platitudes enthralled me
Your pleasantries regaled me
Your every movement caught my eye
Your every word brought a sigh
With every beat of your chest
My heart came to rest
With your head on my shoulder
The enticement becomes bolder
As you lay your hand in mine
Our emotions intertwine
Soft velvet touch enriches me
Knowing then I shall never be free
With every sweet song that you sing
One more bell begins to ring
Every smile that crossed your face
Another piece fell into place
As our hearts become complete
Pounding out a single beat
Worlds unite with such precision
Leaving only one decision
Your rhapsodies ensnared me
Your smiling eyes delighted me
Your every thought changed my view
Your every touch made me true
Your incantations of enchantment, but a shadow of the truth
As you devour the lives of innocents, what remains behind is proof
Of the vengeful bleeding hunger, that beats within your chest
And I embrace your burning passion with thoughts carefully caressed
(v) - The Sweet Taste Of Ruby Lips
Alone in the candle-lit haze of aromatic perfumes, plotting your next move, the next step on the stairwell of vengeance, you smile. Feeding on the embryonic tears of bitterness, climbing on the broken backs of forgotten memories, you rise adorned in the regal robes of the queen of sacrificial slaughter.
Riding out on your fiery chariot of disdain until at last you come upon the chosen one, the unsuspecting victim of your blood filled quest. And in the sweetness of your smile, another heart breaks. And another dies in the arms of the sugar coated ruby lips of poison, another soul sacrificed upon the altar of your creation.
And you feast upon the carnage of the world you have created, drinking down the unholy blood of sacrifice, and swimming in the ever moving pit of primordial waste that is your reality.
Your reason for being.
Your trinity of devotion.
Whilst the innocents live on, in the nightmare of a permanent hell, never knowing whether they will be the next meal, the next corpse floating in the river of realities decay, the next chapter in your incantations of devotion, the next forgotten passenger on the caravan of death:
(vi) - Lament For the Chosen
Seeking out the haunts of the innocents you search the one
The unsuspecting victim that falls for your silver tongue
All you require, as you hunt in the night
Is an endless desire to feed an undying thirst
Eyes full of fire, your pursuit is relentless
As the funeral pyre awaits for the chosen
Prowling through the streets of dreams you find your prey
Lurking in the darkened shadows you have your say
Chosen one lured with the kiss of an angel
Baited, secured, wrapped in the arms of a devil
Intentions obscured from the first word you whispered
Blood lust ensured for another passing dawn
In the silence of the perfumed room you gather your storm
Words clouding understanding of the demon you become
The touch of your lips caress a misguided mind
Smooth fingertips stroke an ego that’s lost
Releasing your grip on the storm made of sorrows
Unwritten script played out in dark splendour
Screaming out a curdled warning at realities confusion
Silver blade of truth now cuts through his dreams illusion
In the silence he cries
His only surprise
In the moment he dies
Is the truth in your lies
And in his dying glory, I realise my fate
Glancing in the mirror, I glimpse the grin upon your face
In your hour of triumph, I realise my doom
Another rotting corpse masked in sweet perfume
Turning my back on you, I walk away
Running from your demons to live another day
Screaming in the hallway, releasing what I knew
A loving act of solace, joyfully betraying you
(vii) - Truth Dawns
Sweet perfumes mask the bitter taste of rotting corpses. Craven images adorn the oak lined walls of the candle lit room. Sacrificial blades of passion sit sheathed, leather-bound in magnificence, swinging playfully in their resting places. Dark manifestations of your cursed obsession lie scattered on the floor, blood pools in the hollows of surfaces worn over time, and your undying devotion to an unquenched thirst for blood is laid bare for all to see.
Incomprehensible mutterings scratched out in blood splattered volumes adorn dust covered shelves, the internal wanderings of a mind warped in the bitterness of solitude, loneliness and rejection. Hand carved offerings of worship sit atop the roughly worked altar of deliverance, the resting place of many a misguided fool caught in the web spun by the ruby red lips of poison.
As the world spins to your hour of reckoning, your chapter’s end, I watch as my bitter betrayal takes its course. The hands that took mine now bound securely, the lips that caressed me gagged, the body I worshipped held fast in an altar of wood. I feel your pain as the tears fall across the soft gentle skin on your cheeks.
As the storm breaks, truth dawns.
As the lightning fills the room, I understand.
Our minds fuse as one and all becomes clear.
In that brief dying second, I see you and I know.
As the current pulses, I see me.
And as the lights dim for the last time
I realise why I sit alone in this altar of wood.
© Fergus Martin