Gothicarus: Part IX – Mantra

“Ever awake, I must remain
Ever vigilant, sharp, and pure.
Able to make a firm assay
Of the energy in my sphere.

Never alone with temptation,
Never indulge with thought or flesh
The dread disease of Perdition,
The dark infection I confess.

All would have me bright and easy,
All claim salvation is in reach.
Gentle souls would try to teach me
How to mend the spiritual breach.

None can know the depths within me,
None would dare take the macabre swim,
Into oceans filled with mystery,
Allegories and stories grim.”


next chapter: Gothicarus X

previous chapter: Gothicarus Part VIII: A Timid Spring

all chapters: Gothicarus

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photograph by Evan Kirby


VK Lynne

VK Lynne is a writer and musician from Los Angeles. She penned the award-winning web series 'Trading on 15', and her writing has been published in Image Curve, The Elephant Journal, GEM Magazine and Guitar Girls Magazine. She has authored lyrics for three of her own solo albums and for the bands Vita Nova, stOrk, and The Spider Accomplice.

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