Friday, 6 May 2022

An Orchestra of Horrors

by Nick Gisburne

We sink, to where the darkness first began,
Where Evil’s word took shelter from the light.
We cannot see his face, but hear the man,
The architect of never-ending night.
“Beware. You cannot steal away my soul.
The best of it was broken, long ago.
An orchestra of horrors fills this hole.
I stay, for I have nowhere else to go.
A thousand years of pain for every note;
My punishment, no less than I expect,
Subjected to the symphonies I wrote,
By all the pure perfection I reject.”
    Tall speakers, stacked, surround him where he sits,
    Tormenting him with ‘Disco’s Greatest Hits’.