The beast

Hermit's Cove

The beast lies awake,

a shambling cage her home.

“I shall take back my throne,

for although they forsake,

I will always remember

I was left here alone.

No one will survive,

even if they surrender.

No time to forgive

dead souls that gave hope”

She eloped with our fate,

she stole our pride while she talked about love.

Treacherous dove of great guile,

insidious curse, deadly allure.

She thrives in the bleak light, so grim,

crimson steed waits her return.

It shall be her turn, once again,

to bleed the land, and proclaim:

“I am the cure!”

Her time now draws near,

to ride once more the storm.

Scorn towards men is her power,

life is her fear,

her dread of the ivory tower,

which she will at last destroy.

A queen among men,

mortal enemy of joy.

They whisper, “what a sin”

to remember her name:

that is…

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The forest

Hermit's Cove

I

“To my unknown reader:

During the almost thirty years I have been alive, there has not been a single interest of mine that others shared or even appreciated. Ever since I was a little boy, such things as a job, a wife to marry, a house, appeared as tedious and alien to my nature. In the same manner, those activities in which regular people spend so much energy and time have never been a priority or even a goal to me. Paintings were the sole concern in my personal world, albeit not the “regular” paintings. I lived for the darkest, most macabre delusions to have been cast upon a canvas I could find. Many a year I spent attempting to replicate “Saturn Devouring His Son“, as well as “The Garden of Earthly Delights“.

This obviously led to me being shunned by the other kids; but…

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3 Random Books from My Shelves

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