I’ve seen him too many times to count.
This modern day vampire, feeding off
Of the life of man. I’ve seen him drain
The life of the young and old. Seen their
lustrous hair, turn grey and melt into snow.
Flawless faces, now riddled with lines. I saw
Him pull a blade out and carve into
Their flesh, like that of a pumpkin.
He hops on top of a mother’s back,
And watches as she struggles under
His weight. Within minutes, she’s hobbling
Along like a venerable crone.
He doesn’t know I’ve been waiting for
Him all these interminable years
Waiting for him. Waiting to kill him.
As he ravages a young child;
Nothing but clothes and bones crumple
She falls into a pile of dust.
As he turns his eyes on me, his grin
Slithers across his face. He lurches
Toward me, and I brace myself for what
Will come. I raise the dagger to meet
His savage heart; but then he stopped.
“I’m everything and nothing.” Time said.
“You can not kill me with what I was
Born from. I am the fabric that makes
This web we call the “Universe”. I
Am the great equalizer. Without
Me nothing could exist. Not even you.”
“So why do you feed upon us like
Locusts devouring many crops?”
I asked. “Death isn’t the great evil;
You are. Death is just a gatekeeper.
You are nothing more than a plague put
Upon this earth.” He stared at me
With those slits for eyes. “You see more than
most do in a lifetime. I will let
You enjoy this moment for now, but
I will be back, because change cannot
Happen without Time. And to stay the
Same is to die.”