The Silence of the Graveyard.

How can I say, when it all fell away?
When the tethers that bind became weathered and frayed...
When the moments I cherished, the stories I made;
They crumbled beneath me, and drifted away... 

The shadows, they came for me, deep in the night;
The darkness devoured all sound and all sight.
As silence embraced me I swore I could hear;
A whisper, a warning - that the end had drawn near...

[though deep in the darkness, I will follow the light;
though chained to the empty, still I revel in life]

From shadows, they slithered (there was ice in my veins);
My dreams - once denied -  now they howled in my face.
The silence that followed, it carried away,
A lie once believed, that my life wouldn't fade.

(I could wait for my moment, there would always be time.
I didn't yet know that the moment's weren't mine.)


She feared me, refusing to look me in the eyes;
(denial) she hid under such clever lies.
As time moved upon her, she could not yet face;
Her days were but flickers, and would be erased..

Though I whispered each day, softly into her ear;
That I followed her close, that the end would draw near;
Still she told herself that there would always be time;
She would wait for her moment, but the moments were mine...

[for all the years wasted,
and all the days lost;
all her dreams unfulfilled;
much too heavy a cost.]



I shunned the whispers, though they followed me close;
Telling me nothing was yet set in stone...
That as long as a breath filled my lungs up with air;
There was still time for living, though none could be spared.

[a print in the sand that would show I was there]

An echo, a whisper, a life rearranged;
A piece left behind so the world would be changed...
Now silence and sorrow are all that I hold,
Where once was a flame, now my heart has grown cold...

So many years wasted, so many days lost,
Broken dreams (unfulfilled), much too heavy a cost.



[into this place where souls come to rest;  
in darkness I stood, a trespassing guest.]
The spirits, they lingered, with sorrow to bear.
Where once there was hope, now only despair...

I saw that the darkness, it had swallowed her whole;
And I knew that I must, that I must fill my soul.
I must reach for my dreams, I must grip them so tight;
Before I am silenced, by the infinite night...



Then before my eyes, came blackened wings;
That stole my breath, and all my dreams.
I had wasted my moment, my flickering light,
Was stolen, extinguished, on the blackest of nights..

While We Sleep.

I dreamt of demons, hidden in shade;
Of fire and shadow and murderous rage.
Of nightmares that rise as we lock up our doors;
Awakening fear as our consciousness fades... 

They claw and they rip and they tear at my mind;
No solace in dreaming, there's no place to hide.
The shadows are reigning, here in this cage;
Yet this is my doing, for I wrote this page...

Rending and searing and twisting my dreams;
Alone in the gloom with the nightmares unseen...

And I dreamt of monsters, walking this land;
An army of darkness, at my command.
They stalk and they creep and they slip through the night;
Scattering terror, bringing darkness to light. 

They loom in the shadows, whispering fear;
And into their clutches fall all that tread near.
Alone in my torment, there's no place to hide;
And darkness prevails, here in my mind...

Sneaking and prowling,
(they're haunting my sleep);
And I'm lost (all alone),
With my nightmares to keep...

 
 

* third stanza lines taken from Insomnium's 'Drawn to Black'.