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'.

Beneath My Skin.

I am weakness, I am power; 
I am darkness filled with light;
Born of strength, and carved from sorrow...
[I reside in endless night] 

In the silence I am haunted, shadows flicker through my mind.
I am falling, I am scattered; in the darkness I am blind...
 
To the depths in which I hide; to find solace I have tried.
Slowly fading, dissipating, I am lost here deep inside... 

Though my heart is made of stone; though it shatters like the glass;
Though these burdens are my own, still I know this too shall pass...

In the dead of blackest nights, in the dark before the dawn;
I find strength and I find power, to this beacon I am drawn...

[amidst the calm within my storm, the abyss that is my soul;
I am frail, I am unbroken, I am shattered, I am whole] 

For I am weakness, I am power; I am darkness filled with light.
Carved from strength and born of sorrow...
[in my world of endless night]

Though my strength, it comes and goes;
Though I'm glass encased in stone.
In these cuts where darkness shows;
That this monster is my own.

Though I'm lost and I am cracked;
Though the sorrow fills my soul.
In the dark where I am trapped;
I am broken, shattered, whole...