Dancing in Hell

The time has come, here and now
No choice remains, you must go †
Darkness has fallen, delay no more! †
Tonight you dance with demons †
The hall is at capacity, every monster †
impatiently waiting- honored guest †  
You indescribable, exquisite mortal, †
dance like your soul depends upon it †
They will try to force you to submit
these tempting devils you dance with †
offering to end your pain, right this instant †
Surrender sweetly, darling... just let go
Move lightly, donít miss a step †
stay with the beat, keep smiling †
Little time remains, make the call †
You havenít been trapped just yet †
Bells toll the hour, it is Midnight!  
Cries start to rise above the music †
Dancers whirl in frenzied abandon †
making this your final chance to escape †
Music shrieks, hands of demonic dancers †
clawing clothing to shred, tear at fragile skin †
Malevolent grins leer at you in triumph, †
now caught by an arm around your neck †
Surrounded, pressed in with no quarter †  
freedom seems fantastic, too far away †
Your last swan song, going down fighting †  
screaming, wailing until you suffocate †
The hall shakes, chandeliers fall, walls crack †
hellions hurrying to exit but are trapped †  
There is no way out, to escape the cries †  
stemming from your heart, sacred holy soul †
Your throat is raw, tear-choked, silent †
as hideous fiends fall to their knees †
Clutching the last gasps of miserable lives †
before falling lifeless to the dance floor †
Silence falls over everything, achingly peaceful †
The doors to the hall open, you are now free  
Battered, bloody, you lift your tattered skirts, †
walking through the opened doors into the sun †
You have escaped Hell - a feat beyond description †
Dancing with demons, you'd all but given up hope †
Near surrender, barely escaping eternity in Hell †
Nothing is freer than a cry from a broken soul
Author's Note
Based on a recurring dream I had for years as a teenager, this is my attempt to process and move on.
All writing remains the property of the author. Don't use it for any purpose without their permission.
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