There came a time in the distant past
when I crossed the bridge…
exactly when I do not know
for all great change along the river
resounds as often, unmarked;
yet before resumed was my quest,
aside my incurable thirst
my heart would stop
gazing the river’s depth,
where no water could flow, I hurried
across the quicksilver at my own behest.
A figment of mind met the other side
perhaps as much an alluring state,
some contract it became nonetheless.
And for all of my science, I did not see this
ablaze in my temple, a willing priest
to my own high power, becoming
all that I once deemed great,
I aspired to derange,
twist the serrated edge of my will;
entice the chance and bring colossal
possibility to mine shores…
For Faustus can do such things
when promises made are broken
doctrines and former philosophies betrayed
in favour of conjurations, illusion
and manipulating cause
toward whichever end I please.
These strings I pluck, those things I see
rare garments undressed at the wag of my will
from the finger of fate and the spear
of destiny that led to a shake of a hand
with the devil – Mephisto – Satan’s man,
in confluence I bettered my black art,
in pact…but already damned.
Helen, I see your magnificence
your beauty before the ruins of Troy,
fantastic is the illusion!
What great magic parts the veil…
Between our ages the devil built a bridge
made of bricks and fickle promise
that will crumble come the time.
For you must think me a fool –
I, usurper of science and son to alchemy
could woo your honest devotion.
I know this pact rejects every heart
for knowledge, She is
cold companion suffered alone;
you and your true love knew how long
your fires would burn before the walls were breached
as my own limit is reached.
Borne of my folly, I believed it was your grace
I sought, but before me was a ghost
clothed in the cinders of a naked Empress
as the stars all turn to stone.
© Sam R Geraghty
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