Wake up! Wake up!
The voices hissed in unison
Like a snake on mission
The clock ticks 3 AM, they say it's the devil's hour
The time when the evils come into power.
"Don't you wanna adorn yourself with red again"
"Don't you wanna punish those people picking at you"
"What are you waiting for… Pick up the knife!"
My sanity, a constant fugitive from my own mind
My body, long since forgotten that it's mine,
Now a puppet of those delirious voices
"You hear that.. They are coming for you"
"kill them they are not good for you"
"oh wait.. better yet kill yourself"
Fear raked my body
I'm fine, I'm not crazy
My mind's just a tad bit dizzy
"you're kidding right!"
"you're demented ..people run from you in fright"
With wobbly steps I pick up the shiny knife
I look at my reflection, dark circles underlining my eyes
Chills ran down my spine
For the person staring back at me wasn't me but something more scary.
"Do you hear the knock on the door"
Which door?...... I don't see any
"They are near" "They have come for revenge".. What revenge?
My mind showing images, grotesque images.
Blood, lots of it… "You are a murderer! ", they chanted
"Stop it!" I screamed.
My body shaking uncontrollably
Hallucinations filling up my mind like a strange lullaby
The knife working its own way on my skin
The art it makes, far more appealing than the chaos my mind's in
"We can make the voices end"
"Just put a bullet through your head"
I saw life and death clash in front of my eyes
But I guess the storm was too strong
And forfeiting seemed too wrong
"What are you waiting for", urged the voices
Don't worry you won
My soul long since left this run.
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