General Fiction posted August 3, 2017

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A conversation with Death


by johnwilson

Dying is a wild night and a new road.
-Emily Dickinson

If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would
appear to man as it is, Infinite.
-William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

Who are you?


Where the hell are we? It's a bad dream, and so dark, because my eyes are closed, but I've never seen such darkness. And what's that howling noise? Never heard a sound like that. Is that the wind breathing down my neck?

It's a wild night for dying.

Yeah? How would you know? I felt weird a bit ago. Pizza for dinner. Wife's cake for dessert. My stomach's on fire, but there's no dying here, Buddy Boy. Hey, I'm having some sort of nightmare, and you must be an evil goblin trying to scare me.

It's a wild night for dying.

You said that. I'm not dying, but this bald darkness is inhumane.

Light a candle, brother. Your journey's all but done.

Stop speaking in riddles, OK?  I get enough of that from my wife. She looks like an orangutan now that she's older, and squawks like a parrot-- always nipping at me about God only knows what.

When the moon is full we shall ride.

What's that you're muttering? I can't see any moon, but my witch of a wife is certainly going to see a moon and some stars tomorrow morning! Ha Ha.

You know, the darkest hour is always right before the dawn.

Oh, go ahead, keep spouting your Rain Man crap! Are you one of those instigators?

Hafiz said, "The words you speak become the house you live in."

My house is Hell on Earth, Buddy Boy!

I'm Nobody. Are you Nobody too?

I'm Frank, and I'm not pleased to meet you. Ha Ha.

Today is a good day to die.

You're starting to spook the hell out of me. Get out of here! You know what-- I've got to get out of here. I'm having trouble breathing.

Hafiz also said, "Fear is the cheapest room in the house. I would like to see you live in better conditions." And, no one can spook the hell out of you. It's part of your identity.

I don't know this Hafiz guy, but he creeps me out too!

It's a wild night for dying. How auspicious for you!

Look. I'll be going now, OK? It was not nice meeting ya, Nobody! Ha Ha.

Any last words before we go through the doors of perception?

Won't somebody pull the plug on this ride? I'm tired all of a sudden.

Dialogue Only Writing Contest contest entry

This was written for a dialogue only contest; however, I changed it up a bit.
Pays one point and 2 member cents.

Artwork by Bob one oldreb at

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