Quietus Overture (Phantasm Suite)

Listen to Quietus Overture by Richard Charles Stevens (Phantasm Suite)

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Twas within the abyss
That we shared our first kiss
Twas her lips that I craved
As we faced the eclipse

Twas within the abyss
That we shared our first kiss
Twas her lips that I craved
As we faced the eclipse

Tasted oblivion
Oblivious to shadow forms insidious that slithered through penumbrae with perverse
Pitiless creatures with hideous features delivering a sinister and untimely curse
Silhouetted guillotines were poised to lead hostilities
Frozen screams collecting in the stream of my subconscious
Voices in my head obscene
And every one obnoxious
Noxious the dead air of indifference to plight
Boxed
Ensnared
Embittered
Caring solely for demise
My eyes despaired
Declared no holy sight

Twas here within abyss
That I felt vividly alive
Twas here within abyss
That I first died

Stone cold dead
Of encore bled
Prepared to fall away
My final breath
Procession led
To bear the pall of dying day
Scattered pine with ashes
From inside my own sarcophagus
Dared not make a dash for it
For that would be preposterous
Having been embalmed
I felt disarmed of charmed resource
Slowly decomposing as erosion choked my closing thoughts

Erosion choked my closing thoughts

Twas here within my casket
That She calmed the vicious tide
Twas here within her arms
That I survived

Twas here within my casket
That She calmed the vicious tide
Twas here within her arms
That I survived

With a dash of perseverance
And my keen imagination
I perceived a place so peerless
It was freed from limitation
Reasons seemed like seasons
Seemed obscene to see them wasted
When the scene they set had been bedecked in seamless decoration
All of me
No less addressed
Of North and South
Of East and West
Encompassing blind faith abreast of blessèd dedication
She breathed me back inside myself
To taste my own presiding swell
Embrace the soul revived by knell
Revivified by one kiss telling
Breaths rebelling
Blessings telling
Lessening excessive swelling
Felt progressive
Heading to where death’s address felt less compelling

Here within her eyes was the enlightenment I thirst for
Searing my delight as she ignited my inert core
Finally just cause to pause and celebrate my ridden flaws
Finally forbidden cause to burn for
To meet demise another way
Would undermine my sundered clay
Expose my liability for frittering my dying day
Would sooner face defeat
Than cheat my death at final breath’s request
Unless her lips suggested then to kiss me back to life again
Without her beat my heart imparts no tempo to sustain
Without this sweet memento
I’m ten steps away from slain
Engraved upon the limestone of my little weary heart
The name of She for whom I wish so dearly to depart

Twas here within abyss
That I first died
Twas here at full eclipse
That I survived

This flame of ours
Shall blaze through ember
January through December
Endlessly devoted
To the one embrace I care remember
Tender be remembrance
Of a sweet kiss ne’er forsaken
As our pale lips reawaken
In reprise of timeless splendour

Twas here within abyss
That I first died
Twas here at full eclipse
That I survived

Twas here within abyss
That I first died
Twas here at full eclipse
That I survived

Twas here within abyss
Within abyss
Within abyss
Within abyss
Within abyss
That I first died
Twas here at full eclipse
At full eclipse
At full eclipse
At full eclipse
At full eclipse
That I survived

She breathed me back inside myself
To taste my own presiding swell
Embrace the soul revived by knell
Revivified by one kiss telling
Breaths rebelling
Blessings telling
Lessening excessive swelling
Felt progressive
Heading to where death’s address felt less compelling
Here within her eyes was the enlightenment I thirst for
Searing my delight as she ignited my inert core
Finally just cause to pause and celebrate my ridden flaws
Finally forbidden cause to burn for
To meet demise another way
Would undermine my sundered clay
Expose my liability for frittering my dying day

I survived

Richard Charles Stevens

Keeper of The Crimson Quill

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