Death & the Twisted Tree (Free verse) by SupremeDreamer
Once death glared at me
stooped in a corner-
cobwebs encircled his brow;
the crown of a vampire.
I stared back
brazened him mirthfully.
He smiled then winked
before fading into the walls.
That day I set sail
for the black sea;
the waters churned
threatening to subvert me.
An island in the middle of a storm
was my destination, and there
I met the tree of time
who was a master of rhyme
twisted and coiled
It showed me perpetual roads
interconnected, with numerous forks;
a path of emotions and realities
changing constantly, cycling through
innumerous outcomes- it said
"Everything that can happen
has already- the choice we have
is to create from these a path
of our own, a fate that sets us free."
I told it of death- the end of the road
and the tree laughed.
"He fades as if only dream- a necessary illusion.
A mans reality stagnates and becomes irksome;
he must be tricked into thinking he has ended
then made anew- so he can feel the magic
and beauty of life once again. There is no end
to these roads; they are as twisted and coiled
as I am."
I remember these words
from the day my boat sailed the ebony sea;
the day I stared death down-
life's magic hasn't stagnated since
and death doesn't haunt my corner anymore.
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