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I woke up this mornin'
the sky was red
a warm wind was blowin'
and the trees were all dead

no sun in the sky
and the ground was pale
I heard a sigh
and the trees began to wail

a knock came at my door
and I jumped with fright
not a soul was there
there was no one in sight

I gazed out at the scene
the hills had all disappeared
and far across the plain
a black shape appeared

it was moving real quick
like a shadow possessed
at once, I felt sick
as it approached its nest

it was still far away
so I turned my back
I didn't want to stay
I was about to crack
Oh, this is fun. I must be twisted or something, but it's only in a fictional context. I'm not religious. I don't actually believe in Hell. But as my life has been ruled by fear - that's something I understand. And the horror genre is a convenient way to vicariously face your fears, without putting yourself in any real danger. So yeah, I think the concept of Hell is fascinating. I'm actually in the process of developing a game loosely inspired by Dante's Inferno, incorporating interpretations of Hell from various cultures and mythologies. I remember writing a story back in 8th grade about a man finding an occult text in a library, reading a passage from it out loud, then finding himself transported to a dark tunnel inhabited by a demonic creature. We passed our stories around for peer review, and the rest of the class thought I was disturbed. But I was just having a bit of fun, exercising my imagination!

Anyway, this is just a precursor to what probably should have been a much longer poem/story. But it does a nice job of setting the scene.
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beachelf Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2018
I would so enjoy hearing this one embedded in music. But I hope the song has a name beyond christian concepts. May I suggest "Melancholy"?

Also, how is the Dante's Inferno game coming along?

One more bit, since I sending you a note here, I want you to know that when I'm feeling stressed, I find myself thinking your words "Ebb and Flow".
zharth Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2018  Professional Photographer
Thanks for your interest! I'm in the process of porting my "Dante's Inferno game" (a.k.a. Ascension) over to a newer version of the engine (from RPG Maker VX Ace to RPG Maker MV), polishing up some of the rough edges along the way. I'd say I'm about halfway done, although progress has been temporarily halted by a combination of a computing mishap, followed by a number of real life distractions (plus the fact that I like to spend more time outdoors during the summer, and not in front of a computer). Hoping to get back to work on it soon, though!
beachelf Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2018
Wishing you good luck zharth
zharth Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2018  Professional Photographer
Thanks! :-)
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April 5