The prince of darkness rose up from his sleep.
He unfurled his wings and stretched his dark limbs,
before swooping down on the world beneath
from his unlit pyre on the starless night!
The world was steeped in silence, ominous,
each of its dwellers safe inside the cave,
a fire at the entrance casting shadows
on the rocky wall that stood at the end
and the wiser minds wonder-struck by that,
spellbound by their own flimsy silhouettes!
“Look, how unsighted they are to surrender
to such a sight!” cried the prince in disgust,
so he unfurled his bony wings again
and went to work with his scythe on the staff!