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The Heart Fades
by Naching T. Kassa
The light permeates,
It infuses the forest,
Chasing darkness into deep corners,
Enhancing scarlet leaves and emerald moss,
I walk in whispers,
Pausing to breathe in beauty,
Footsteps linger softly,
In my wake,
I turn, my eyes adjusting to the dim,
Is he there? The one who loves?
Or, is it the one who once loved,
Who now craves my blood?
The demon’s words once professed passion,
They flowed sweet from honeyed lip,
My heart was never his,
This he could not forgive,
I fled from murderous rage,
From death’s cold, unfeeling grip,
Ink and paper transformed who I was,
A tombstone supplied my name,
I lived in another town, another world,
Vanished from the demon’s thrall,
My lover’s touch remained,
When I took the stroll toward doom,
My death found me in a glen,
Bursting from shadows,
He professes amorous,
Like winter grape, his desire withers on the vine,
Honey hardens into steel and he pursues,
His blade finds flesh,
It is tipped with my blood,
My fall ends in crimson,
It stains the leaves beneath,
While he towers above,
And, turns destruction on himself,
Hoping to die at my side,
He drives the dagger deep,
The thrum of his heart fades,
Mine, though weak, beats on.
Fiction © Copyright Naching T. Kassa
Image courtesy of Pixabay.com
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