Life Or Death

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It blew its hot breath in my face
The clamminess of it sent shivers down my spine
I could tell by its methodical gaze
That it weighed my life in its claws.
Life…
Death…
Which would it choose?
The breath I dared not breath
Burned in my chest, just begging
Begging me to open my mouth
But I knew if I answered this request
I would be a dead man.
I kept as still as a statue
Or pretty damn close
As its tail slithered around me
And it jabbed at me with its nose.
Life
Or
Death
Which would it choose?
My eyes risked themselves
As they looked around
At the armored men
Sprawled out, dead, on the ground.
For that was the fate
When you challenged the beast.
A certain death
As it sears the meat
Off your bones
In a fire tornado.
Oh the cities its burned!
The lives it takes
It rules the earth
With the most ferocious beauty.
My life
My death
Which will it be?
I sense the final decision being made
As it rears its scaly head toward my face.
Its nostrils flare with each breath
Like it takes pleasure
Playing with death.
Its tail slaps rhythmically
On the floor of the cave
Sending little tremors
Up my legs.
The eyes stare into me
The pupil’s a black diamond
It searches my eyes like it’s asking me a question.
Its eyes burst with lime green and yellow
Dancing like the fire it breaths
Around its unique pupils.
Its claw reaches to my face
And the breath I’ve held
Gives way.
The colors in its eyes
Snap and crackle
As it breathes out its toxic flames.
Life…
Death…
It’s all the same.

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6 thoughts on “Life Or Death

  1. Very powerful use of ‘life…death… it’s all the same’ to finish your poem. Fantastic! I imagined this monster as a basilisk, I’m not sure if that was the aim, but it was scary. I loved the idea of it’s eyes being like black diamonds, what a great descriptive term. Thanks for contributing this week to Picture it & write!

    – Ermisenda

    • When I originally wrote the poem I just had a dragon in mind, in fact I didn’t even know what a basilisk was. After looking it up, it does seem to fit, doesn’t it?

      Thank you for the awesome comment!!

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