The Cabin Chapbook

 

Apocalypse 

The western sunset fades from view,
Dark clouds gather in the evening sky.
As the night approaches you can hear them laugh
Like rolling thunder as the red sun dies.

There's Something different in the air tonight
You can't recall from the nights before.
The sky is darker though the moon is full,
A fear creeps inward that you can't ignore.

The wolves start howling from their secret place,
Your heart beats faster as you hear their sound.
Though the night is cool you begin to sweat
For fear you've wandered on forbidden ground.

The lightening flashes in the creeping gloom,
A flash so bright you must shield your eyes.
A sound is carried on the whistling wind,
A rumbling on earth, not from the skies.

As you peer into the distant dark
You tremble and strain in attempt to hear.
Discovering at last the thunder has stopped,
But the rumble you heard is growing near.

Like an old time movie when the posse rides,
A sound of horses in a desperate race.
Their pounding slows as they come in sight
And their shadows fall on your fearful face.

The sound draws near as you stare in awe,
A flash of moonlight reveals the source.
You raise your eyes to the horror there,
A warrior rides on a great white horse.

In his hand he grips a wooden bow,
Arrows strapped tight across his back.
His eyes blaze fire from his burning soul
As he steels himself for his next attack.

He snaps his reigns and the horse rears up,
And you hear him speak as he passes by:
"All must bow in fear as the Conqueror rides,
For if you stand to fight you will surely die!"

You turn to run but your path is blocked,
The next horse steps in your line of sight.
The rider stares from his hollow eyes
On a horse as black as the darkest night.

An evil smile lights his bony face,
His skin hangs loose from his withered frame.
You stand there frozen in a moment's time
And you hear his voice as he speaks his name.

"I'm known as Hunger in the barren lands,
My strength is great as you soon shall learn.
I'll bring Starvation to the young and old,
The wheat will die as my powers burn!"


He rides off swiftly in the dark of night,
You watch in silence as he fades from view.
You feel his anger as you stand in place,
His echoed laughter carries back to you.

You wait in fear as the next horse comes,
Your blood runs cold with a sense of dread,
Then your soul cries out at the man you see
Riding high and proud on a horse of red.

In a suit of armor with the strength of steel,
His blood runs freely from his many scars.
You kneel in terror for you know his name,
He's the ageless horror, the Prince of Wars.

You pray in silence that your life he'll spare,
The moon gleams brightly from his mighty swords.
He stands before you with a chilling grin,
You hear the thunder in his spoken words.
"Many battles I've fought in the name of God,
I've laughed in joy as the cowards flee.
Now the time has come for the War of wars
And the worst of all is soon to be!"

"Now bow your head as my partner rides,
For the Final War is coming soon,
Then you'll see the truth in the words I speak
And his hands so strong shall seal your doom!"


A pale horse stands when you raise your eyes,
Your heartbeat quickens while you hold your breath.
It's rider's eyes glow with the fires of Hell,
You know you're looking on the face of Death.

The moon grows dark as you hear his voice,
You think this night may never end.
You listen closely to the words he speaks
While you plead with God to forgive your sins.

"In my hands I hold the Book of Fates,
I follow those who have come tonight.
All their powers lie in my bony hands,
Only I can end their earthly flights!"

"I've come for you and for all your kind
And you'll ride with me through eternity.
The time has come for this world to end.
I am the Final Destiny!"

"And yet there's still a greater Force
That will follow when we've come and gone.
Though your life will end tonight my friend,
The flow of Time shall continue on!"

"For somewhere deep in the realms of space
Beyond this sad and dying earth,
A day will dawn on another world,
And Time awaits it's fiery birth!"


Then, when at last his speech is done
You hear a bell so softly ringing,
And only then do you realize
You've awakened from your silent dreaming.
In joy you rise from your sweat soaked bed
And laugh at all your nightmare fears.
You run outside to greet the dawn
And see the sun through your flowing tears.

Now as your nightmare memories fade
Your ears are filled with earth's sweet sound.
You bow your head in grateful prayer
And then see the hoof prints on the ground.

THE END?...

 

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