A Deathly Embrace

The thick smog that clogs the throat,

The chest contracts and shrinks when muffled by coat,

A tense battle consumes within the strained lungs,

The tell tale sign announces its presence,

Its crackling menace,

A strangled cry fights to reach the surface,

Stopped by closing passages, fuelled by furnace,

Gasps that issue through cracked, choking orifice,

A ritual sacrifice,

Stained hands that roll the yellowing papers,

Lips lick black teeth, cracked and chipped,

Flame burns the tip, a near death addict.

A cough that breaks the still, dead air,

Its loud echo fills the bare building’s white walls,

Rows of long vacant benches eat silent space,

A deathly embrace,

A veiled face drifts down the long aisle,

Brown leaves scattered hitherto, a fall’s mile,

The wind whistles and howls, candles flickering,

Stained windows glimmering,

Dark shapes that spread and multiply eerily,

Breath forms on glass, cold and grey,

A pale corpse sleeps, trapped in deep embrace.

© [Daniel Ashby] and [Ashby Tales], [2014]. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to [Daniel Ashby] and [Ashby Tales] with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.


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