After such a long break I thought I would post another poem from “Immortal Forever”.
This is about the vampires (those immortal forever) and is paralleled with the Immortal Regiment campaigns in the former Soviet bloc, and which is especially poignant in Zelenograd, the main setting for Immortal Forever.
This is “Shadows of Humanity and Life“:
We are here, amidst the stench that is you all:
Shadows of humanity, a vanity of ego that none dare see.
From the dark dank depths of horrors past,
Memories of man that we seek to show.
To the death of mothers, of fathers, and joyously forgotten children,
We struggle to live what we no longer recall.
Beside the streams that once ran blood red – and still do in our head.
Amongst the burial mounds, trapped tourists on our graves.
We are here, on these monuments of death;
Too many names, just slogans and intent.
A future struggle we want to avoid.
We are here amongst you. Ageless, faceless. In fear of your monochrome memory.
From the families we have forsaken,
From the friends we have forgotton.
Of confidence to tell you our lies. Those we call friends.
Those we devour in a jealousy of life.
Full of fear.
Our secrets unbound.
Our names live forever, etched in eternal stone.
Yet long abandoned we dare not use.
With ribbons and flags and music and cheer, you remember once a year.
The deaths they believe, afraid to behold.
Still, we are amongst you.
Our shadows of life you cannot see.