Void Shadow

By Keith Peterson

How does it feel to be all alone?

I wander aimlessly in the Void
I have no direction and no final destination
I don’t remember a home
I am immortal
I am alone…..

     Far off I can see the light of countless galaxies, their stars slowly turning around each other. They call to me and tempt me to come to them. I can not. I have tried many times, only to feel myself fade away under their surrounding glare. I yearn for a companion to share my heart with, but this does not seem to be my fate. My prison is the Void between the stars. I have only my thoughts to pass the time, and even they have become wearisome to me. My only real sensation is an aching cold which is with me at all times. I often dream of the distant stars coming to visit me, but I know better. All that is left to me is to wait for the end. When the universe collapses and all is destroyed, then I will find my release. Until then, I gather my strength…..

     Far off I can see the light of countless galaxies, their stars slowly turning around each other. A new star grows larger, it is approaching. I feel my excitement growing as New Star enters the Void. It moves toward me much faster than the other stars move even though it is a mere fraction of their size. Heat! I bask in the heat of the new star. Mine. Life! I can feel the presence of life in this new star as I engulf it to enjoy all of its warmth. My Star! It continues to speed through the Void under my embrace. I can feel the life burst into frenzy. So much heat. So much life. These feelings are all new to me. Everything is happening too fast, out of my control. No time to think. So much life. Too much life! I collapse upon the new star, causing it to implode and convert to pure energy which dissipates through the Void.

     Now I am safe from New Star. It will not upset me any more. I am alone again. It is safe for me to be alone. Completely alone in the Void. So very cold. Far off I can see the light of countless galaxies, their stars slowly turning around each other.

I am alone in the Void
I have no direction and no final destination
I don’t remember a home
I am immortal
I am alone

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