rose-anna (xmachinax) wrote in told_or_written,
rose-anna
xmachinax
told_or_written

nicholas was

older than sin,
and his beard would grow no whiter
he wanted to die

the dwarfish natives of the arctic cavern did not speak his language
but conversed in their own twittering tongue, conducted incomprehensible rituals
when they were not actually working in the factories

once every year
they dragged him, kicking and protesting, into endless night
during the journey he would stand near every child in the world
leave one of the dwarfs' invisible gifts by its bedside
the children slept, frozen into time

he envied Prometheus and Loki
Sisyphus and Judas
His punishment was harsher;
Ho
Ho
Ho


by neil gaiman, from the collection Smoke and Mirrors
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