A tale of fire and of ****,
And of an angel as he fell.
The wings from seraphim are cast,
The light of heaven leaves at last,
As Raziel, tore from his throne
Was banished from his heav’nly home.
But from the depths he did ascend
With God himself, he did contend.
Calliope and Melpomene,
You Muses both, I invoke thee.
Grant me the eloquence of song
To tell of Heaven’s right and wrong.
He guarded long the Errant Home,
Where every secret someday roams,
The lessons taught of right and wrong
The keys to join the ‘ternal throng.
With pillars made of marbled gold
And silver running molten cold
Flowing down secret, silent halls,
The murmur of the Errant Halls,
An angel sitting on his throne
Guarding the truths of all that’s known,
With six wings sat in majesty,
With sword of right sat silently.
But echoing from chamber walls
There came a roar and then a *****,
The Errant Halls under attack.
The darkness pouring ever in
To swallow up the light with sin
That burned in fire born in ****
Long before the Morning Star fell.
Good Raziel, with wings of light,
There fought against the dark of night
With power, priesthood, purity
Against the dark stood valiantly.
The sacred truths that none may know
Still silent lay beneath his throne.
Ricket-arm muscles stand as wreaths
For faces made of ears and teeth
And thrice dead shadows ever came,
No matter how oft they were slain.
Beings that none may comprehend,
At walls and halls they rip and rend.
While Raziel stood in a sea
Calling on strength of heaven he,
Vanquishing all that crossed with him,
Still felt his strength began to dim.
No cherubim came to his aid
As onward surged the hellish raid.
The Halls fallen, the secrets fled
When Raziel was filled with dread,
For as he watched the darkened claws
Imbibe the truths of Errant Halls
Despair did fall with every breath,
Fearing a fate far worse than death.
As sorrow sorely took its toll,
And Daemon fire pierced his soul,
There came a shadow from the fire,
A succubus of true desire.
This woman borne of fire’s breath
Placing her hands upon his neck
Did whisper words into his ear,
All of the words he’d like to hear.
That he had worked so hard and long,
In her embrace he could belong
To feelings that he’d been forbade,
New masters for him to obey.
And though he wished to fight against
Temptation and the call of sin,
Much more he wished to rest at last,
Abandon all that HE had asked.
And Raziel answered her call,
Embracing in the burning Hall
While from their bodies intertwined
Faded his light of pow’r divine.
All while in the Honest Hall,
The force of **** devoured all
The truths and secrets in its store
As Raziel became sin’s *****.
When he awoke, he had no wings,
Nor sword nor light nor crown of Kings.
Beneath the bar of Michael,
Was laid the humbled Raziel.
“Your job was grand, your mission grave
Yet unto ****, you’ve fallen prey.
Succumbing unto grief and ****,
And failing to do what you must.
Had you pursued and kept on course,
You would be part of heaven’s force.
For failure in your duty grim,
Forever torn, you’ll be from HIM.”
Falling in splendor through the sky,
While begging God to let him die,
For living in a fallen state
Forever sealed his final fate
To stand against the ones he loved,
To fight against the Prince above,
To cheat and steal and idolize
The being all the world despised.
To gates of ****, he’d fallen down
And as Raziel looked around,
He saw another, fallen, too,
The Morning in eternal doom.
A man of tall and regal blood
Bent to lift Raziel from the mud
And smiling, said “Follow me”
As turning, he began to leave.
He knew his brother at first sight,
He was the Son of Morning Light.
The breaking angel’s broken pride
Still swore to fight the Hellish tide.
“No ***** to Lucifer am I!
I will not bow to hate and lies.
You ripped me from the angel-home,
Be gone from me, let me alone”
Lucifer turned with quiet smile
“We’ve waited on you for a while
Please come with me to my abode,
And know that you at last are home”
“My home lies up above the world,
Not buried deep beside the worm.
So set me free, you vile Sin!
With God and Michael, I will win.”
“Remember they both sent you here
No need to fight, no need to fear.
I, too, shall take care of my own.
Come, come along. We’re going home.”
Down winding, gloomy, craggy path,
Satan walked on, not looking back.
And with a dozen prayers to HIM,
Down Raziel went to caverns dim.
An anguishing cacophony
Assaulted Lucifer and he.
And with another saddened smile,
“We’ll only be here for a while.”
Lemure screams poured from around,
The souls once lost, ne’er to be found
Begging God to “Unlock the Gate!
This wasn’t meant to be our fate.”
They wept and wailed and gnashed their teeth,
They cursed the Author from Beneath,
“It was his fault, it wasn’t mine!”
The Lost Ones’ only rally cry.
And Lucifer, with one more gaze
That Raziel knew to be dismay,
Said with a lonely bitterness
That “It has always been like this.
I wish I could have let them go
Yet Lord above has willed it so.”
The Morning Star remarked in pain,
As Raziel huffed in loud disdain,
“It is the sinners’ fault they’re here.
They forgot what was truly dear,
So, they must suffer, ever long
For the abundance of their wrong.”
“And that is why we, too, are here.
Come down again, my brother dear
We have much more to see herein.
Calamities that follow sin.”
The fallen angels walked along,
Passing the weeping, mortal throng.
Once more the brothers did descend
While Raziel doth condescend.
The vaults were great, the light was loud,
With fire dancing all around.
Burning bright in a fit of rage
Raziel spoke in wisdom sage
As looking on the mobs of men
With angry eyes and ****** skin,
“Forgiveness is the thing they lack
They quarrel, fight and turn their back
Upon the charity of HIM.
Unless they bow, they cannot win”
“Man’s anger is a driving force,
A form of nature’s brutal course,
Inspiring the change and growth
Of aggressor and victim both.”
“Why do you speak in riddling lies?
Return me now unto the skies.
I’ll take thy words up unto HIM
And he will spare these here of sin.
I know my Lord, and he knows me.
I know through him, in grace they’ll leave
The fallen nature that they bear
Just let me leave, for HE will care.”
But Lucifer spoke not a word,
‘twas nothing that he hadn’t heard
A thousand times by thousands more
From all the ones who came before.
With single silent shake of head,
Once more did Raziel see red.
Before he could express his wrath,
The Morning Star walked down the path.
Leaving the fisticuffs behind,
Still Raziel was in a bind.
Much further and his soul would flee,
Forever owned by Satan he
Would truly be a ***** of sin
And he would never live again.
For at the Final Judgement day,
It would be found he’d fallen prey.
So Raziel refused to walk,
Refused to dance with idle talk
With he who left the world to die,
With he who authored war and lies.
“Lucifer, you will let me be.
Through faith in HIM I’ll be set free.
Allow me now to leave this place
And someday HE may show you grace.”
“HIS grace is something I’ve forgone
And duty calls me all day long,
Presiding over ranks of woe
That for eternity will grow.”
“Nevertheless, I will withstand
Whatever yet doth lie at hand.
For eons long, I guarded light,
For eons more I’ll stand for right”
“Yet still you’ve come to wander here.
In duty grand, you lost what’s dear.
Your love of man, you long forgot
Only now, do you give them thought.”
And Raziel then held his peace
But stood his ground and did not cease
To snub his nose in angered grief.
He’d never serve in hellish fief.
And Lucifer, not turning back,
Not hesitating down the path,
No prompting words, no last remark,
He merely walked into the dark.
But when Raziel turned around,
The path they trod could not be found.
He turned again but didn’t know
Whichever way that he should go.
For Lucifer was out of sight.
Lost in the caves of gloomy night,
Raziel sat by cavern side
Watching the angry hosts collide.
And then he picked a way to go,
Deciding ‘twas better to know
If perhaps he could leave this ****.
So, looking there went Raziel,
Walking beside the cavern walls,
Ignoring dismal, tortured calls.
He searched and searched to no avail
Again, again, he ever failed
To find a path that led above
That he may return to HIS love.
But Raziel, with heavy sigh,
Knowing no escape could be nigh
Sadly resigned to be consigned
To ‘ternal punishment divine.
And as he looked for longer still,
He felt a sudden force of will
That urged him southward bound to roam
For there he’d find a way below.
And Raziel, wandering south,
And finding gaping tunnel’s mouth,
And down its maw, he did descend.
He’d go below and not contend,
With Michael or with Lucifer,
Though fear and anger would deter
That angel from his punishment,
Unto that fate, he would consent.
At bottom of the weary path,
Raziel found Satan at last.
And smiling cried, “You are late!
Come down and we will find your fate”
Raziel bowing down his head,
Suppressing ever-present dread.
The souls in the third chamber lay
In quiet, uncertain dismay,
As making promises to try
If only HE would hear their cry.
They begged that HE would show his face.
They begged for help, they begged for grace,
Help that wouldn’t come unto them
For they had lived too far from HIM.
And still they murmured quiet prayers
In hoping that someone would care.
“That, too, was you not long ago.
When you’re prepared, we’ll go below.”
Raziel paused, hesitating
Not knowing what the next would bring,
“I’ll carry on until the end
I’ll follow you as we descend.”
And down and down and down some more,
Much further than they’d walked before,
They found a building made of coal
That was filled with more sobbing souls.
The air grew thick, the dark profound
Muffling every single sound.
So much so that he could not hear
The sobbing mortals, drunk on tears.
Isolated in tiny spheres
Of sadness, grief and all the fears
That they had borne throughout the years.
Raziel then wished for to lay
Forever there, within the grave
Of laughter, light, and hope so frail.
Resolution began to fail
And Lucifer, just looking on
To see if he would overcome
The tight’ning grip of darkened thoughts
Seeing sadness where there was not
Any of it but in his mind.
All of his feelings intertwined,
And stricken by his grief again
At falling to the woes of sin,
He quietly, mourning his loss
But knowing he was heaven’s dross
Accepted that this was his home
Living where ev’ry demon roams.
He was fallen, that much is true
But there was nothing he could do
For to turn back the wheel of time,
For to return to home divine.
And Raziel, went foll’wing there
Freeing himself of his despair.
Picking his feet up from the ground,
Ignored the misery around.
And seeing that Raziel had won,
And knowing he would no more run,
The Morning Star escorted him
Into further chambers dim.
The caverns that lay deep below,
Where every fallen angel goes.
Were filled with every one of those
Brothers that Raziel had known.
Before the Battle waged in Heav'n
And weeping joy when he saw them.
His friends who held with Lucifer
In doing so, God’s wrath incurred.
“Fallen no longer, when with friends
For they can any spirit mend.
You overcame your grief and pain,
And now together we will reign
Over the **** that we are tasked
To guard and watch until the last.
This is our duty from on high,
Assigned to us from dawn of time.”
His journey into **** was done,
There is a place for everyone.
Whether on Earth or up above,
Whether embraced in HIS own love
Or down inside the caverns dim
Where happily he’d live with them
After accepting ‘ternal fate.
Abandoning all of his hate,
He was freed from his duty long
And joined the friends he so had loved.
And found there that he much preferred,
His life with Brother Lucifer.
This has been my project recently. It's around 2200 words and 350 lines. It's a work in progress but I would love feedback. (Technically in iambic tetrameter if you pronounce things in a certain way)