Decorations shall inherit the earth
smirking Jack O’ Lanterns
smoke cigars of pinkies
puffing out scarlet smoke
as their plastic smirks would melt into grimaces
The tissue ghost and plastic skeletons
from the trees jiggy-jigged
from slick licorice nooses
nibble on their “Made In Taiwan”
dogchains from their necks
alarming breathless bystanders
who don’t even know there’re
pick-pocketed of their souls
when they delude themselves
safe in sleep
The mall-mannequins witches and werewolves
munched on candy corns at the exhibition
howling like football fans
trick, trick, trick
They’ll consume unopened candy
spit out its contents
and let the bricks of Hersheys
beads of M&Ms and Reeses
melt in the peeping sun
and produce the glucose river
with its shrill sugar-run
and mummify all the
the victims in pasty glucose
The perfect holiday marinating
Weariness overcame me.
Darkness spiraled from the pit of my stomach,
Pulling me under,
I struggled against it, trying to Breath in the suffocating murk,
Like a Hypnotic Spell, I could not resist the tugging blackness encroaching on my thoughts.
Sleep leapt upon me with claws bared,
Sinking them into my flesh,
Strange sensations scathed over me.
Breaking through. Crashing in.
Calm Tranquility mixed with Ethereal Panic
Leaving me Searching the dimness Frantically,
but for what I did not know.
All was Silent. All was Dim.
Fear crashed in on me;
A thousand boulders tumbling from out of the dingy night
Sticking to me,
Pounding over me, yet I did not Fall.
There was no pain,
Only Fear devouring me in the darkness.
Echoes of thought Whispered from the Ebon vastness;
Voices once so Bright and Filled with Life,
What happened to the Life that was inside me?
Where did my Vibrancy go?
I could not Breathe
And the sensation of Existing without it was terrifying.
Brackish water sloshed around my feet,
Pouring in from the edges of the darkness,
Splashing upwards in a Progression;
My feet felt nailed to the place where I stood.
Unable to run, I Searched the emptiness around me,
Horrified to watch the slogging water sucking upward around me,
Where was the Light?
Where was the Tunnel?
What happened to all the preaching and teaching and reaching from Heaven?
Shadows began to move in the deep darkness,
Slinking towards me in a haze that filled me with Dread.
Sounds like ravenous animals gnawing bones began surround me.
Screeches and cackles more horrendous than any tale from the crypt I had ever heard.
Mocking my struggle;
Closing around me.
All went Silent.
Only a Solitary Voice Spoke,
Echoing from the darkness.
The Tone and Inflection Familiar.
It was my own voice.
It was Me,
Speaking out of the past,
Haunting my own soul;
And as I Listened, bitter tears slipped down my pallid cheeks,
Falling into the freezing water
Encircling my knees,
“I have everything I could ever Want.
There is nothing I Need.
I have Money;
I have Influence ;
I have Reputation,
And more friends than I can count. ……………
Why do I Need God?”
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