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Poem: "Halfway to Eternity"

This poem came from the October 5, 2010 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired and sponsored by alycewilson.  Usually vampires are depicted as transformed humans; the prompt here asked for vampires that came from somewhere else. 

Halfway to Eternity

What they promise you,
whispering in the silky night
before they prick your throat
with their long white fangs,
is that you will live forever.

What they hide from you,
until your body's truth
drowns out their sweet lies,
is that vampires can only
stop Death, not Time.

Perhaps it is not entirely
their fault -- they are visitors
in this dimension, and Entropy
is a stranger to them. They forget
what it can do to natives here.

What you teach to them,
slowly, painfully, over centuries,
as your body withers to leather
is that eternal life is useless
without eternal youth.

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aldersprig From: aldersprig Date: October 11th, 2010 06:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
oh, man, *shudder* a good one for horror. I might add that I'm bummed I missed Yet Another Fishbowl!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: October 11th, 2010 08:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm glad this worked for you.

Yeah, a lot of my regulars missed this fishbowl; hopefully folks will be back in action next month.
ionotter From: ionotter Date: October 12th, 2010 02:00 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't care what they are or where they come from, just so long as they don't f***ing SPARKLE!!!

But yes, this poem is strikingly similar in concept to the movie Lifeforce, which is an adaptation of The Space Vampires by Colin Wilson.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: October 12th, 2010 02:17 am (UTC) (Link)


My vampires do not sparkle, unless I am borrowing someone else's vampires for nefarious purposes.

*cackle* But really, if they aren't suitable for sex, how else does one make them appealing to teenage girls except by dousing them with glitter?
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