There once was a boy both young with smarts.
In the forest is where our journey starts.
While angry at life he walked into a clearing.
Although he didn’t know that death was nearing.
The boy saw a mangy dog that was dying of thirst.
And he brought it water without thinking it first.
The dog suddenly grew larger, no longer weak.
But what happened was a natural freak.
The hair went darker and now with sharp claws.
A beautiful panther, the boy’s words were at loss.
The Black Panther with a shiny coat approached.
The boy screamed and the panther reproached.
“Your fear is a flaw that you must keep repressed.”
The boy said “Mr. Panther what shall I do if I am depressed.
He roared showing his fangs both deadly and bare.
The panther said” Grow up, nothing in this life is fair.”
The Panther transformed into an eagle.
Brave, bold, and of course very regal.
The boy sat down both shocked and amazed.
The eagle picked off some birds, the boy dizzy and dazed.
The eagle said, “See those birds I just ate with songs like fiddles.”
“Well you will never know why because life is full of riddles.”
The Eagle was so wise it left the boy in awe.
He soared upwards, perched on a tree and began to caw.
The night went cold with a feeling of despair.
The boy asked, ”Are you saying that my life needs repair?”
The eagle responded, “If you want to be happy, then to your heart be true.”
Confused he asked back, “Im young and naïve and I don’t have a clue.”
The eagle transformed into an elephant, elegant and massive.
With a booming voice he said” if you want something take it, don’t be a wimp, never be passive.”
Covered in Golden armor with black accents gleaming.
The elephant’s words left the boy bothered and steaming.
The boy angrily shockingly said” You don’t know me, I am the greatest.”
The elephant chuckled, “those are not the news that I heard latest.”
The boy asked, “Are you some sort of trick or illusion.”
The elephant responded” I am Thanatos, excuse the confusion.”
The boy teased, “Sounds like a name before the time my grandfather was raised.”
Somberly Thanatos spoke, “I took his life, his liquor was laced.”
The boy curiously asked, “Wait are you some blood thirsty killer.”
Thanatos replied, “No! I am not a psychotic blood spiller.”
From an elephant Thanatos turned into a black floating cloak.
The boy wanted to speak but on his words he began to choke.
“I am thanatos, reaper of souls, luitenant of hell.”
Then the clouds darkened with a pungent sulfuric smell.
The boy was quiet as a professional mime.
The boy bravely spoke, “ Well thanatos take me if it is my time.”
Thanatos laughed and the ground started to shake.
The ground split with a powerful quake.
The boy did not fear the souls rising from the earth.
Thanatos said "did you know I almost took you at birth?"
Right then the souls cried of horrible torture and pain.
And thanatos washed them away with a rain.
Thanatos explained, "Those are the souls that try to escape."
"they are the **** that ****** and ****."
The boy said, "so why was I given a rare second chance or try"
"oh dear boy on those matters you cannot pry."
The boy asked, “Will I die of old age or disease?”
Thanatos with a change of tone said, “don’t ask me that please.”
"Well lad now I must now make my leave"
"There are some things you are yet to ACHIEVE"
The boy asked, "Well what If I never succeed?"
"you will but there are obstacles you must first EXCEED."
Thanatos swung his Scythe and the boy saw his future in a vision.
And the boy knew of his decision.
"If you fall then again you must RISE."
" We'll meet again when you are older and wise."
Thanatos told him,” your life will be long and bright.”
And then he said, “Always win, if you want it then fight.”
"go out and find yourself a nice lady."
And then he told me" I'll see you in eighty"