O You

O you, Rip van Winkle

You who ran away from the world

You walked in a daze for years

And when you rejoined the world,

They had moved on


O you, Ahab

You who chased a goal around the sea

You hunted your prey for years

And when you looked for those you loved,

They had left


O you, Rodya Raskolnikov

You who invited bitter reason into your life

You made the Devil your ally

And when you acted,

Your victim tortured you


O you, Kain

You who fathered anger into this world

You made your sacrifice to this world

And when it was rejected,

You lashed out in anger


Oh, it is me

Me who looked in a mirror

I saw myself four times

And then I wept,

For the time wasted on bitter anger

JH Lillevik is a writer of sci-fi and fantasy. He writes screenplays, novels and short stories. He also works as a writing consultant for upcoming writers. His specialty is mythology, world building and psychology.

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