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Such forces cannot be named, cannot be spoken, cannot be imagined except under a veil and a symbol... But you and I, at all events, have known something of the terror that may dwell in the secret place of life, manifested under human flesh; that which is without form taking to itself a form. Oh, Austin, how can it be? How is it that the very sunlight does not turn to blackness before this thing, the hard earth melt and boil beneath such a burden?

Arthur Machen, The Great God Pan

On the Borderline

In a beholder's eye
Where beauty lies,
In a distant bird-cry
Beyond clouded skies:
It's a partial blindness,
A corrupted sense;
Enraged perception
Through a dirt-stained lense.

Built by marble, black, is
The mirror-face.
Lost in contradictions
Of an inner maze.
A labyrinth of tensions,
Scalpel cold as ice
Shielding, lizard of great fear,
Inner cowardice.

Tentacled madness crawling inside,
Ugly, or percieved as such.
What brought forth is by nought but her mind—
Ugliness shines through as much.

It's disgust, it stinks,
It's unhealthy haze.
Rotten it seems
Through a rotting gaze.
What won't be moved
Is left to decay.
The fog would pass
But she makes it stay.

Tentacled madness crawling inside,
Ugly, or percieved as such.
What brought forth is by nought but her mind—
Ugliness shines through as much.

...Hissing smoke...
...Exposing teeth...
...Inhuman mind...
...Steelclad feet...
A touch could kill,
And distance for sure.
Judge not the cause,
For what's the cause of something?

What rots in hiding, decays in silence
Hidden for the world to see.
Fleeing, crawling, coward, violence;
Still, she does know what will be?

Tentacled madness crawling inside,
Ugly, or percieved as such.
What brought forth is by nought but her mind—
Ugliness shines through as much,

On the borderline.


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