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'.

Nevermore.

I am but a shadow;
I fade into the night.
The dark creeps in upon me;
The void, it fills my sight.

Each breath is but a moment;
I never could get back.
And life is but a fleeting glance,
A shadow at my back...

[and out of the dark, rose “nevermore”]
...

Ominous figures of inky black, amassed upon this shore;
The messengers of years gone by, shall pass me by no more...

For each breath is but a moment;
Each sunrise fades to black.
And though the shadows come for me,
Still, I never could look back...

[into the night we all shall fade; from dirt we rise, to dirt repaid]

For I am but a shadow; 
I must fade into the night.
Though this dark, it moves upon me,
Still, I revel in the light.

[and the darkness whispered, “nevermore”]

I knelt upon this barren land, death trickling down my spine;
And as I watched my shadows fall, I cherished what was mine.


[and darkness descended upon my shores...in masses, singing “nevermore”]

Underneath the Ground.

 Here in this silence, deep in the dirt...

[a head full of darkness, a heart filled with hurt]

...

The cracks where I've hidden this monster inside;
She waits for me there, though leave her I've tried...

...

 For I am the darkness, enveloped in light;
And I am the sunrise, shrouded by night.
If this be my monster, then I shall not hide;
And I'll walk along shadows, with her by my side...


For our joys and our sorrows we all must embrace;
And the sins and the sadness we'll carry with grace.
Deep in our hearts, where darkness is found;
And our demons are buried, under the ground...

...

So here in the silence, I lie by her side;
    And the dark I embrace, from myself I won't hide...