patterns of music whispered
as she stepped
over valleys of unmade beings ,
souls curtseying and
clouds soaring joyfully .
into existence at the sound
of her name .
she had a smile
to rival the moon's ,
and loved all the creatures
made and unmade .
Death was her closet friend .
he courted her sweetly ,
teasing and playing like a young child
as he tickled her ears and
fancied her bare feet .
red curls surrounded her
head like a crimson halo ,
and when the sun rose they
slept in golden grass ,
lace draping every tree .
God saw this companionship and
was jealous .
he wanted the girl for himself ,
& spun an elaborate plan to capture her heart .
he held a feast for all the creatures , big and small ,
wild and tame , and
invited Death and the girl as special
guests to entertain all the animals .
when the day of the celebration arrived ,
Death and the girl walked together , hand-in-hand .
God noticed this and separated the two
but before he had them sit down ,
God gave the girl a beautiful silver necklace .
he told her it held stars in its depth ,
and not to open it until your happiest moment .
Death was slightly saddened that he did not get
a special gift , but he was happy for his
at the end of the feast , God announced a brilliant
idea : the girl and Death should sing and dance for
all the creatures .
naïve and pleasantly full from the delicious food ,
the girl and Death happily agreed .
Death danced and leaped and spun ,
and the girl with fiery hair sung
a delicate melody , her voice
rising high to the heavenly
night and coaxing itself around
each creature's heart .
at the peak of her song , she laughed and
opened the locket , and the smile was still on
when she fell
from grace with
a crumpled sigh . God feigned shock
and horror as Death leapt forward .
he instantly realized what God had done .
taking her body in his arms , he spat vile prophecies at
God and all the animals ,
cursing then for eternity .
to this day ,
Death has held Love in his arms ,
keeping her caged forever,
and when it rains,
you know God still weeps for
the wickedness he had done to the world .