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Vampire Sestina

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I wait here at the boundaries of dream,
all shadow-wrapped. The dark air tastes of night,
so cold and crisp, and I wait for my love.
The moon has bleached the color from her stone.
She'll come, and then we'll stalk this pretty world
alive to darkness and the tang of blood.

It is a lonely game, the quest for blood,
but still, a body's got the right to dream
and I'd not give it up for all the world.
The moon has leeched the darkness from the night.
I stand in shadows, staring at her stone:
Undead, my lover . . . O, undead my love?

I dreamt you while I slept today and love
meant more to me than life -- meant more than blood.
The sunlight sought me, deep beneath my stone,
more dead than any corpse but still a-dream
until I woke as vapor into night
and sunset forced me out into the world.

For many centuries I've walked the world
dispensing something that resembled love --
a stolen kiss, then back into the night
contented by the life and by the blood.
And come the morning I was just a dream,
cold body chilling underneath a stone.

I said I would not hurt you. Am I stone
to leave you prey to time and to the world?
I offered you a truth beyond your dreams
while all you had to offer was your love.
I told you not to worry and that blood
tastes sweeter on the wing and late at night.

Sometimes my lovers rise to walk the night . . .
Sometimes they lie, cold corpse beneath a stone,
and never know the joys of bed and blood,
of walking through the shadows of the world;
instead they rot to maggots. O my love
they whispered you had risen, in my dream.

I've waited by your stone for half the night
but you won't leave your dream to hunt for blood.
Good night, my love. I offered you the world.


Neil Gaiman's Vampire Sestina
As always, the man rocks.
Acrylic painting done some 3 years ago. Yeah. There are things I'd do differently, and I never did decide what to engrave on the tombstone...
And it's Gaiman, so it's not emo. :D
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BootShopStory's avatar
Mad and marvelous, lovely work.
<3
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KJPearl's avatar
I really like how the vampire is hidden by the tree and moonlight shadows, I didn't see him at first.
VampObsessed's avatar
This is really good. Great artwork.
Elisabetta-Avalone's avatar
I like the colors used here.
AdisCrow's avatar
Gorgeous artwork.
DancingCorpse1000's avatar
OH MY GOD.
THIS IS SO AMAZINGGGGGGG.
deadlysecrets's avatar
This is incredible, the detail of the face and tree leaves is so precise.
Definitely a :+fav:
HappyAngel's avatar
Hallo :wave: I've featured your work in my journal's little feature
I hope it's ok! If not,note me and i'll remove it! :heart:

:iconthankyou1::iconthankyou2:
HappyAngel's avatar
You're very welcome! :iconteddyplz:
lakoneko's avatar
beautiful painting! I like how you left the white edge that looks rough. Gives it character! :)
OrnellKake's avatar
Looks nice. ^^ Looks a bit like pastel or charcoal. xD

And Gaiman is the best.
superladysarah's avatar
love this.....absolutely.
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Meiriona's avatar
beautiful. it goes amazingly well with the poem, and is a great work in its own right as well. lovely job.
Pika-la-Cynique's avatar
Thanks! I luff that poem. So delicately uber-romantic and Gothic.
vitellan's avatar
Really nice atmosphere. I love the gradient of the sky and the way the figure blends into the shadow.

Yes, Gaiman is great.
LucindaRedfield's avatar
That's some painting. Got to add this one to my favorites.
LucindaRedfield's avatar
That's some painting. Got to add this one to my favorites.
mindofka's avatar
Wonderful composition, and great palette, lovely piece :XD:
shatteredlike's avatar
amazing... wow...
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