nothing i'll tell you is real

Happy noises, heroin smiles,

the chirruping of lunatics;

all of witchery that beguiles:

read on, for these are the tricks

I play on you. You’ve been hexed,

you are glamoured, you’re entranced,

and not in the least perplexed

that you’re so pliable in my hands –

my tool, mere poppet, a toy

to play around with as i please.

See here! In my twisted joy

how i could force you to your knees,

a fusty ragdoll with a word

or dancing like a soul possessed,

compelled, no matter how absurd

my whim, no matter how addressed

in tone or slyness of appeal,

to cavort and prance at my command;

yet nothing i’ll tell you is real,

not where truth isn’t in demand,

nor justice believed in by fools

and hope is sought always in vain;

and by these unbreakable rules

I teach you the value of pain.

Nor begging, nor wheedling will help,

nor through bribery pay to salve:

soon, i’ll leave you, a broken whelp,

forgotten and damned, unabsolved.

And then you will know how it feels

when life is nought but obstruction.

When all’s lost, reality reels,

and you’re tested to destruction.

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