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The road beckoned to me from beyond the grave,
Voices from Hell slowly loosened their embrace;
It was not only my life I had to save,
I had to wash the tepid years off my face.

It was a long and lonely walk to Salvation.
Ghosts of Envy and Pride hindered my every move;
Through the suffocating gray film of Desperation
My comrade shadows did I try to soothe.

Apparitions of Satanic wrongs came careening back,
Carving a mark on my every feature.
Was it wrong then, a conscience to lack,
And be transformed into an ungodly creature?

At last my destination did I reach,
Clothes in dust, webs, premonition and years.
A solitary flame in the Dark House did preach
Of how to antagonize my innermost fears.

Suddenly, my eyes were pulled towards the mirror,
I looked into it as if in a dream –
The roots of my existence began to quiver.
It was then that I started to scream….

Servitas a Periculum

Servatis a Maleficum

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The following comments are for "Rigor Mortis"
by blightedstar

very Poe=very Cool
I really like the style and the ending is really great, the mood is classical but the ending sorta shatters that like a mirror and leaves you with an uneasy feeling, an echo.

( Posted by: Joe Quinn [Member] On: March 18, 2004 )

I liked the title... it caught my eye. This poem seemed to go on a journey and took the reader with it. I arrived at the end of the poem with both confusion and understanding. Good job.

( Posted by: knockkneeharris [Member] On: March 19, 2004 )

Rigor Mortis
Very gripping verse. Truly an unexpected ending, yet the title does tell. Visual and very creative. Nicely presented. ~Pam

( Posted by: PamelaALamppa [Member] On: August 16, 2004 )

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