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Song of my soul, my voice is dead,
Die thou, unsung, as tears unshed
Shall dry and die in
Lost Carcosa

Robert W. Chambers, The King in Yellow

See now Oblivion shimmering all around us, its very tranquility deadlier than tempest.

Lord Dunsany, The Raft-Builders

The Sorrow Warrior

In the maze of forgetfulnesses,
In the maze of all doubts and faults,
Within the haze of internal stresses,
He fights his way through illusion-vaults.

When the enemy is inside
What is there to say?
When the enemy is oneself
Who is one to slay?

Icy sleep of fermented losses
In the frost of his shifts of pain.
A rune-carv'd border he never crosses
Within his haze ev'ry try's in vain.

When the enemy is inside
What is there to say?
When the enemy is oneself
Who is one to slay?

The sorrow warrior, a man of courage blind
In battling shades of gray that into dust him grind.
A fish-scale armour wears he, neither weak nor strong.
Ejected from a world to which he can't belong.

Staging mounts of his emptinesses
Crossing waves of his ocean gray
Seeking comfort in vain excesses
From the depths where his secrets lay.

When the enemy is inside
What is there to say?
When the enemy is oneself
Who is one to slay?

The sorrow warrior, a man of courage blind
In battling shades of gray that into dust him grind.
A fish-scale armour wears he, neither weak nor strong.
Ejected from a world to which he can't belong.

Gray beyond all sense and sentinence
The dimness fills his fields of Mind.
Can't see beyond the void's addictiveness
To take three steps the mist to bind.

The sorrow warrior, a man of courage blind
In battling shades of gray that into dust him grind.
A fish-scale armour wears he, neither weak nor strong.
Ejected from a world to which he can't belong.

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