The alchemist looks through the glass
His face reflect on the crimson sky
A crowd outside, awaiting news
From his chamber, a festering lie.
Black ships came with the plague
Leak themselves after crashing into land
The people run with dark at their heels
In hope to outrun the devil’s hands.
The lawyers and realists absconding town
But the superstitious unmoved
Until the bell tolled their eleventh hour
Their deity had been disproved.
The alchemist, of unholy heed
His face is still as they beg for a cure
“Bring me back these elements”
For umbral motive behind closing door.
A dragon’s scale, a hemlock leaf
Ivy poison, a centaur’s hide
Essence of evil
And a thirst for immortal pride.
Torn pages of legends compiled
Put together the ancient marking
A concoction to unravel the threads of time
A morbid misunderstanding.
The alchemist, adds the factors
His face deforms in the bubbling brew
The glass vials whisper, an ominous organ
From cursed cabinets of rotten yew.
Outside, as the cloak of night falls
Waxing worries setting in
The crowd stares down the old house
Ignoring a new blackness from within.
With Tartarus drawing close
The baying forests vanish in its wake
“That’s it, men. This heathen’s no help
Prepare your pitchforks and ready the stake!”
The alchemist begins the ritual
His face shall become it’s youthful realization
And the eternal elixir, just a drop of which
Carry him, the dawn of an omega civilization.
Trembling, he holds out his hand
Blackened blood drips from the knife
A quavering chant to channel the mystic
The contours on the cauldron come alive.
The mob fomenting their flames
Burn down the house that stood for years
“We can make it to the mountains”
Little they knew, the devil was already here.
The alchemist, his raging pyre
His face, a phantom in the fire
Black oil from earth, set alight
Screams from the last of souls
Mark the end of another town into unending night.
The alchemist, ascendant he rises
His face evanescent in the smoke disperse
Looking at the magic room he left
His belief is safe like a dormant curse.
Image from The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (Redux), The Astronauts