I awake to find him sitting there,
Shivering in the cold dark room, I scream…
But no sound escapes my sewn-shut lips
He laughs-waiting for me to surrender.
Ringing in my ears drowns out the ticking clock
Counting down the seconds left to live,
His boney fingers stretch to meet me
Paralyzed by my fear.
Behind my heavy lids I see a life flash
One I cannot recognize but know it is my own
Faces of friends and loved ones
I feel nothing at all-I am numb.
Faced by death I turn to stone
Icy, hard, cold, I cease to feel
And when I look into his hollow eyes
I see my soul stare back at me
As vacant as the sockets it peers through.
Time stops, the air turns stale with waiting
He beckons and I follow him through the void,
Into the netherworld I walk.
Time and space are forgotten, I forget even my name;
My heart no longer beats
My lungs no longer search for air
My eyes are glass and through them I see nothing but nothing.
Death so sweet, so bitter, so final-
I feel nothing, know nothing, am nothing…
He waves goodbye and leaves me lost,
Doomed to haunt this nothingness forever.