The Ballad of the Damned

The thrashing behind him

His head rips around

The beasts tore through the underbrush

Glowing eyes, wicked mouths

Fueled by his fears

His feet hit the ground

Their breath on his neck

Their evil surrounds him

Stumbles away

Thorns rip his skin

Fear stains the ground

Evil seeps in

The fog fades away

Like confidence melts

The moonlight surrounds

Alone in their veil

On tortured legs he ran

Away from their growls

Their eyes in the dark

The silence of owls

A light in the abbey

The wind put it out

The salvation it offered

Was not what he found

The door slammed behind him

The hunters close in

The beasts wanted flesh

The beasts wanted him

His foot falls echoed

Across the stone floor

Freezing flames at the altar

Death at the door

The light from candles

Played upon her face

Showing her peaceful

Cowl covered space

The anguish, the pain

The burning inside

True love he had found

True love he denied

The happiness left

When he had run out the door

But had he been happy?

Or had there been more?

He couldn’t relax

He had always to move

She had begged him to stay

When he left he refused

His demons had found him

Alone in the woods

His fortress was weakened

He’d stay strong if he could

His arm swept the candles

And flames to the floor

Her body it passed through

For she was no more

Had he truly loved her?

And should he have risked

Living a life?

But the answers resist

“Of course you didn’t love her”

It came from behind

In the pews sat the stranger

Who dared reply

“Surely you know me”

The stranger to him said

“But it has been so long

And you thought I was dead”

“But lets forget our past

I know I was wrong

I just want to help you

To see you along”

“You don’t exist!

I watched you die”

The stranger simply laughed

While the man simply cried

“I used to hate time

Now I hate staying the same

Did we have a choice

Or are we pawns in the game?

She didn’t love you

You knew that inside

You didn’t love her

You hadn’t the time”

“I think I did love her”

He feebly replied

The stranger’s look was pity

But hate was in his eyes

“You didn’t love her”

The stranger suddenly roared

“She is a plea for empathy

That’s it nothing more”

“I think that I did”

Came the stronger reply

“I really did love her

Deep down inside”

The stranger shrieked in pain

And fell to the ground

The man saw the game

And had won this round

The stranger disappeared

In a blinding flash

As the beast broke the door

With a defining crash

The shattered splinters

Formed a brief frame

Around all the creatures

Which hunted his name

And he saw something new

As the wood hit the floor

The stranger was standing

The stranger had horns

The man turned and fled

Out a small door

He’d faced his doubts

There shouldn’t be moer

In the courtyard he found her

Wet, shaking and scared

Love made a weakness

He just wasn’t prepared

The ground squirmed around them

Dirt, maggots and worms

The statue would whisper

Dark evil words

The ground would absorb them

If given the chance

The building was angry

The building was mad

He carefully lifted

Her soft, gentle frame

In the dark tower door

He hid her away

He set her down slowly

Onto the cold ground

He knew that the stranger

Was close, was around

The ground in the courtyard

Had fallen away

The stone edges followed

What’s left-smokey grey

He saw the demons

Coming their way

Their eyes glowed with laughter

As if to say

“We see your soul tremble

It soon will be ours

Why try to run

You can’t get very far”

they ran up the staircase

To hide from their sight

The faint sound of laughter

A howl in the night

The stranger was calling

“You cannot escape

This is your creation

But you’ve lost your way

Your mind is collapsing

You cannot support

All of your passages

All of your doors”

As he spoke, the grey spread

Took some bricks and a stair

He wasn’t worried

They almost were there

Up ahead was their savior

Up ahead was the sun

Their salvation was offered

They finally had won

The stairs collapsing behind them

Her foot missed the floor

She stumbles to stand

But the grey took one more

The man’s shrieks were legendary

They fought off the dark

The banshees were scared

The screaming of the heart

The man reached for the tower

As the grey held its place

She’d missed his hand

He hadn’t missed her face

The fear and the pain

Almost consumed him this time

His only distraction

The footsteps behind him

The stranger was smiling

He’d won the round

Where there was grey

He replaced the ground

“She is damned forever

Cursed now to stay

Trapped in indecision

Trapped in grey”

The man shrieked in pain

He would join her in the grey

and although it had departed

He jumped anyway

Escape through the air

To encounter cold stone

Where her cries would still echo

Wouldn’t leave him alone

For the air was his hope

But his hope was his pain

But maybe for some

The pain keeps them sane

The horned stranger smiled

His job had been done

The man faced his evil

The man’s evil had won

It was early next morning when they found him

Laying in a thicket

Stained knife in his hand

He looked rather distant

Explained he was damned

Didn’t quite bother to explain his whole plan

His lover he saved

When he cut out her heart

He ended her pain

Down in the pit

As they dragged him away

The stranger grinned slowly

He had gotten his way.

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