Possessive Inspiration

In the words that I write
as the ink leaves the pen I work without thought
the words flow through me like water,
and my hand moves as if it isn’t my own.

Alien words foreign to me,
that I’ve never heard of nor know of their meaning,
form in my mind and I know they’re right.
This unbidden knowledge courses my consciousness.

Divine inspirations or hellish lunacy,
I cannot tell anymore if there is an actual difference,
I scratch out markings that seem like words
in continuous lines that spread down the page

Like an infectious canker, or a glorious waterfall.

The twisted, ethereal beauty of the lines
that are created haunt and tantalise me,
like a siren they call me onward
even as I feel their talons scrape my back.

The candle splutters and ink blots
the page upon which I mark with furious intent
every line I strike is like a slash borne
on the throat of people I never met

People who will read this and feel the cold
as it runs down their spine
reminding them of gleaming eyes in the dark,
a sudden wail in the dead of night.

The ink well is dry.
It has been like that for a while now,
and yet words still form on the page magically,
and the blots become sticky smears.

Flame burns lower now,
though it’s harder to see,
my hand ploughs on relentlessly,
in perfectly straight lines as if ruled.

My sight grows hazy,
and my head seems too heavy to hold up,
I’m growing weaker with every passing second,
why must my words consume me so?

In painful ecstasy, in exquisite torture,
the words are carved into my mind and flesh,
gouges of insight and wisdom,
splattering knowledge of the forbidden.

Now my breath draws weakly,
and I mind grows cold and dull,
even as the warmth of the blood
trickles down my arms and wrists.

O ecstatic demon,
O devilish angel,
What ill have you created,
Through my tremulous, dying hand?

Possessive Inspiration

Avery Etherine

St Kilda, Australia

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