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The Vision

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It appeared to me in a dream

What was it who knows?

Behind its hideous mask the soul of the creature arose

For beneath it somewhere

I could sense a familiar stare

Could it possibly be?

A reminder, a twinkle of hope

In the ocean of thought so remote

So far and yet so near

That I shook and trembled in fear

The mask’s lips slightly moved and a sound

Like the cry of a million trumpets

Like the beat of a million drums

And yet so sullen, so quiet, like a perilous journey begun

“Tell you what…if you dare

I’ll uncover for you-

But beware

For what thou shalt see is the person you once used to be!

It’s the one you summon at night,

When you dream, see your past fall apart,

When you wake and move with a start,

To fulfill that dream you once had,

But the dream isn’t over,

"I haven’t told you what I meant to have said!”

And now a figure appeared

Far, far away, so small

Wanting nothing, nothing at all

It could have the world at its will

And, yet all that it really needed

Was to escape the realms of the dream

I did all I could that night

I begged and I pleaded the right

To wake up, be the man whom I saw

To throw off the chains, set flight

To phantoms unwanted, a painful fight

“I must not waste this chance” I heard myself saying

But every dream must pass,

Go with the last drop of sleep

All I wanted, you see, was to keep dreaming

I dreaded the morning’s bright rays

But what could I do

Nature’s often deceiving

It controls who goes and who stays

Not by death, but by life that’s been broken

Shredded to pieces and torn apart

A life so miraculously given

Yet so easily brought down and trampled

Like a fallen leaf, like a card

In the game we call life.

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