After The End, bloggity blog, poetry

across the maw

In darkness
Behind painted lids
I walk
Stepping carefully
Breathing

Trying to smell
To sense beneath
The earth and leaves and decay

My mountain home is steep
Actively listening
Straining
Concentrating

Branches brushing swish
Twigs brittle crunch
Leaves dry shuffling hiss

A distant scuffle
Panicked breathing heaving
Clawing screams
Thud
Whispered falling of thresh

I wish I could hear silence
Beneath my heartbeat
But I hear only whimpers
Sobs calling for help
Below deep
This, my kin
Their favor was not with the gods

I stop my trek
Everything inside me
Screaming
Aching
Fallen brethren
You deserved better

“Open your eyes”
Caws Raven
“It is time”

Eye lids flickering
Trembling
Open
But I am not struck down where I stand

The chasms gaping toothy mouth
Drooling hungry
Dripping sharp death
How many of my kin
Have you devoured?

I look across the maw
A boy
Sweet faced
Trusting stumbles
A ghost smile tugs at the corners of his lips
Dark hair
Hollow born
Talisman and rope around delicate neck

Ten steps
And he will be another treat for yhis hollow mountain
Nine steps
Till he meets his end

I dash around
Footfalls loud enough to cause him to start
But…
Eight steps
Seven steps

I cannot call out to him

Six steps

I run now

Five steps
His blissful face
So trusting
So so trusting

Four
Three

I dive
Pushing back
Tumbling
Wrapping
Bodies
I land atop him

His eyes are still shut tight

“My… princess?”
He speaks…

He is not dead
Yet

I’m sorry I am late!!

Byron was on time though!

Go check his out over on Dried Ink Ribbon.

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