Beyond The River, Styx

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I feel you waiting in the darkness

        for me, Charon

And I stand, unafraid,

        naked to your inevitable threat.

Go tell the desperate souls

        beyond the river, Styx,

That I am coming soon

        laden with tales of human achievement

The like of which they have never heard,

        the like of which will challenge

The hopelessness of their forgotten thoughts

        and bring them a moment’s relief

From their eternal nothingness.

        Tell them I will arrive sooner than later,

So that I come in impudent defiance

        of the gods.

Say that I am a man, as they,

        but who will not bow to death.

Say that I come to spread revolution

       among the dead,

That I will take the lead in demanding

        our genetic heritage of immortality,

That I preach what they have forgotten:

        that Man is the end product of Life,

That we were born to dominate reality…and

        evolved to live forever and ever. Amen.

A Hill resident, the author believes that the appreciation of art should not be influenced by the vagaries or prejudices of biography.