the altar

let me lead you to the altar
let me gaze into your eye
let us speak no more of heaven
for you know it is a lie
and the words are oh so heavy
as they dance upon my tongue
remind me of the foolishness
I showed when I was young
and the days echo each other
as the nights of ebon black
care not for the future
as they’re stretched upon the rack
laugh, I could have killed you
for all your thoughtless deeds
which served no seeming purpose
nor satisfied my needs
but these are not your problems
though others deem them so
nothing but some doggerel
written in the melting snow
gentle sir they called me
though my hands were dripping red
with the blood of slaughtered children
whose faith had long been dead
but search and you may find it
the source of all our woe
draped upon the altar
where you and I must go
to wash away our freedom
and the sins we could not bear
let us speak at last of heaven
and pray that we’ll get there

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  1. damommza

     /  May 20, 2014

    While you may not have had any of this in mind, this reads to me of a conversation between an executioner and his victim. First he tries to comfort the person, speaking of heaven then realizes there is no point in talking about heaven as, in the face of such brutality, there probably isn’t one..and then it goes to the actions and thoughts of the executioner and in the end they both must go to the “altar” (where the execution takes place)..they are both condemned..he wil continue to be the executioner so, him by his deeds and the prisoner for whatever action he is accused. The line of prisoners never ends..and though the executioner does not want to speak of heaven in the beginning, as he knows there is none, he speaks of it at the end as it is all he has left, all he can hope for as he continues his job and the line of slaughtered children never ends.

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    • That is a very interesting interpretation, and much more detailed than my own, such as it is: the protagonist is priest of a religion that demands human sacrifices as “scapegoats”, who has lost his faith.

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      • damommza

         /  May 20, 2014

        Oh, well yours is good too! LOLOLOOL I’ve been writing this for two days and trying to make my interpretation short enough to post. It originally had a few chapters. Seriously, it is quite good and I thought, very scary..as you realize that the executioner/priest has no more choice than the prisoner/scapegoat…and perhaps he wishes he could trade places at this point.

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