A circle with those I love.
One by one, the viper strikes, until there is none left but me.
I stand alone, watching his every move,
Waiting to see if he’ll approach.
Waiting for his move.
I close my eyes knowing any moment could be my last, any breath could end cold.
This viper has killed so many, so many I hold dear, so many I love.
Its venom poisons me and those I love who circle around me. They watch helplessly as the venom overtakes me, as I have watched it claim so many.
I wonder if my mind will still work once the venom makes its way into my veins.
Will my thoughts be mine, or will they belong to someone else then?
I can’t cry, for who would hear?
I sit and wait to die, looking around me one last time.
The viper bites, then we try to suck the poison out, but none have succeeded.
I stand and face the viper, no anti-venom, no escape.
My eyes close.
The viper strikes.