The Old Ones

Death, Ascendant! Death, Triumphant!

Aye, lads … them days were savage. Grand indeed!

The rigid rule of LAW!

But those times are gone now, lads. Or if not, they sure look it.

Knowledge! Progress! Gadgets Galore!

Suppler than Sin ’tis said. Brought Death’s reign to its end.

HA! Just coddin’ ya lads!

Fallen in the shuck, we have. Woken with The Fears.

But our time ‘ll come ’round again. As ‘t always has.

For the Humans love not but the simplitude of a command:

A statute. A decree. A regulation. A Canon!

“O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?”

And our answer, lads? Our answer!?

“The sting of Death is Sin! And the strength of Sin is the LAW!”


Poem: David Walker

Artwork: Maciej Kuciara

Categories: Poetry

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David Walker

I write sword & sorcery and dark sci-fi. My previous works include the S&S short story DEADMAN’S DUE and the dark sci-fi novellas WET WORK and BLOOD FIELDS. You can find all of my flash fiction, short stories, poetry, and novellas, plus the first chapter of my upcoming sword and sorcery novel, GOLEM, right here on my website. ..... Sword & Sorcery and dark sci-fi author David Walker hails from the enchanted land of Los Angeles, California. When he's not busy writing, he spends his time brooding about the sorry state of so-called civilization and hatching a plan to exchange his palatial estate in the glittering realm of La-La Land for a haunted castle in Ireland.

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