Until The End, Part One.

She was lost once again,
When the darkness crept in;
And the demons she buried,
Came knocking again...

They clawed at her mind and they tore at her heart;

She knew it was time,
This was how it would start.

With a whisper in silence,
A rattle of chains,
They came for her (Taunting),
They called her by name.

They led her astray,
Filled her cup with despair;
She heard them all mocking,
But no one was there...

[over and over, an ominous game]
They wanted her broken, and lost, with no name...

They wanted her anguish to blacken her soul;
To tarnish her spirit, so she never felt whole;
They wanted her fearful, and lost - all alone,
With skin made of glass and a heart like a stone.

[until she would end] lost and alone…

The Whispers.

There is nowhere to hide,
When the dark comes alive;
And it's all in your mind;
And they whisper inside...

[What is offered: denied.]

In each breath that you take;
In between every sigh;
In each fear you can't shake;
Where the whispers reside...

[and the
whispers,
whispers,
echo inside]
...

She stared down her demons - dead in the eyes;
So softly they murmured (such beautiful lies);
They taunted, declaring she must choose a side.
For in light and in darkness her soul did reside...

[deep in the dark, where her monsters would hide]

Behind the masking of dark she wore light;
Her demons - like shadows - were lost to the night.
Though deep in her heart (in a place born of fear),
The darkness would beckon, enticing her near.

In each ragged breath;
Caught between every sigh;
In each little death, where the whispers reside...

[where the
whispers,
whispers,
echo inside]

 

And she said she did know she was wicked of heart;
The monster within, recognized from the start.
And though she had witnessed, she never did fear;
The darkness that fell, as the whispers drew near...

They beckoned: she followed.
[down into the black]

There was nowhere to hide.
[there was no turning back]

For it was all in her mind, she no longer denied;
The whispers, whispers, that echoed inside...

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'.

Asylum.

I am the fearful that wanders these halls; 
This wakening nightmare enslaves and enthralls. 
I am the lost, here I wander alone; 
My realm built of terror, into the unknown. 

You were my dearest, most trusted of friend; 
The one that has been and shall be to the end. 
You were all that I knew (all I could see); 
Within this refuge, it was just you and me. 

I am the desolate, broken and lost; 
I've paid for my sins, and so high was the cost. 
I am chaos lying dormant within; 
Come, let me show you, lest you leave me again… 

You fell away, slipped away, coldly left me to drown;
Abandoned at the gates of this void that surrounds.
Fierce demons have woken, they lurk all around; 
As they rise, still I fall, and this world tears me down.

Mine is this fear, it is all that I know; 
This dread, it consumes me, I've no place to go.
Mine is this sorrow that burdens my soul; 
This wreckage inside, I am no longer whole. 

You were the truth I had known from the start; 
This monster (my monster) buried deep in my heart. 
Forever the nightmare, hidden in shame; 
This destruction is mine, this hell I have made...