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A shadow walked beside me
Waited patiently to call my name
Alone knew my regret and sorrow
Carried willingly my shame.
It looked on with grim acceptance
Ready to acknowledge the last sigh
Its arms outstretched to ferry
All who because of me would die.
My heart sought retribution
My tortured soul wept for peace
That weary heart growing ever colder
That lost soul begging for release.
Ahead lay perpetual darkness
The chill of eternal night
No hope of salvation
No saviour, no proverbial white knight
I sensed Death’s breath on my shoulder
Heard its voice rasp in my ear
Hell was finally ready to claim me
Its flames eager to scorch and sear.
An unearthly wail echoed around me
The reaper mourning its loss
Fate’s might had spared me
A different river now to cross.
Guided through the wilderness
An invisible beacon drew me home
I found gold at the end of a rainbow
But still my restless spirit felt need to roam.
Wise words helped tame and soothe me
True hearts looked into mine
And so began the healing
A lost soul claimed and entwined
Dark days now just a memory
Hurts forgotten grief laid to rest
The future bright and promising
A life truly blessed.
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