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Dining with Death

 

June 23, 2006
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i like where my mind goes
when i close my eyes
imagination
giving me wings to fly

last night
in his castle
beyond all mountains
i dined with Death
drinking wine from crystal goblets

sitting at the head of his table
he looked regal
serene and patient

i was shocked by his beauty
intimidated by his command
frightened and fascinated--
his gaze mesmerized me
i could not look away
i would not

i could feel the tips of his fingers
flat on the surface of the table
only millimeters from my own

his eyes watching
i could feel the pulse quicken on my neck
the air hitting my eyelashes turning cold
his gaze landing in the center of my being--
raw and unassuming

being only a gesture away from his grip
made everything solidify
each moment more valuable
more tender
more fleeing

he was silent with his words
moving time forward with his senses
my soul recognized him
we had met before

i know you've been watching me--
is this the end?

he smiled and lightly shook his head

what if i told you my business is only
that of beginnings--just beginnings!

and i smiled

i like where my mind goes
when i close my eyes

last night
in his castle beyond all mountains
i dined with Death
drinking wine from crystal goblets

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