• Rigid as a corpse,
    lax in his muscles.
    A spark of light in glazed eyes,
    dazed with madness.
    As though his soul
    in its refuge deep and buried
    peered through a ghost-body fog and,
    catching a glimpse of a visage familiar,
    sought to dredge itself to its twin windows.
    No, no, go back, little soul.
    This image you hold so safe and sacred
    is the beck and boon of the enemy trickster.
    Flee, flee from me.

    Too late, too late. I'd called him to his doom.